Ameraucana Eggs - Difference in Color

greenfamilyfarms

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What accounts for the difference in egg color in true blue-egg-layer Ameraucanas? I have noticed that sellers will take a picture and the eggs looks really blue, but to the naked eye and in person they appear green both indoors and outside. They are still a color that can be found on the ABC egg color chart, but is there a preference in egg shell color?

Egg shell color with flash appears BLUE
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Egg shell color without flash and to the eye appears GREEN
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ABC Egg Color Chart for Reference:
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Happy Chooks

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I've found it really difficult to photograph blue eggs. Here's one I took of my first Ameraucana egg. It looks more aqua in the picture than it was in my hand. It's taken under my under cabinet lighting without a flash. It's the closest I could come to the actual color of the egg. I've also had difficulty taking pictures of Marans eggs.

ETA: The light brahma egg in the lower left looks white in the picture, instead of pinkish brown.

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desertskynm

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This might be slightly off topic... But do true blue eggers also have a laying cycle like marans? They start off true-er blue but later in the season they are lighter or greener?

Thanks for letting me jump in...

DesertSkyNM

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Mahonri

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Yes, my eggs get lighter during the laying cycle.

For some of my girls, that means more blue.

My older girls have all just gone through a molt *feathers all over the back yard to prove it*... and so an new laying cycle has begun.

I'm going to need to start incubating some of these beauties.

I think that this pic was without a flash

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This one may have had a flash... I don't remember

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sgtmom52

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I have found that the most true color shows outside in natural sun light.

Ameraucana in filtered sunlight...
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Ameraucana eggs with brown & green egg for contrast...
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Mixed basket with blue, green & brown eggs...
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This is an olive egger egg (cuckoo marans/Ameraucana) in the sun...
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cashdl

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This pic was taken inside without a flash. It is fairly accurate to what the eggs look like in person.

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They are all Araucana eggs just from different hens.

Lanae
 

Thenino

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Hi, The egg on the left is one that my ameraucana lays. This picture is in the sun with no flash. What type do you think she is?


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Goose and Fig

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Olive eggers are a cross breed- at least the first generation are. They are made by crossing a dark egg layer (like marans, welsummer, penedesenca...) and a blue egg layer like ameraucana or araucana. Sometimes EEs will work too if they have good egg color.
 

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