Ameraucana Eggs - Difference in Color

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by greenfamilyfarms, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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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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  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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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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  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I think the best way to photograph an egg is in natural light outside, no sun glare on it, on a white towel or cloth. It's really hard to get pics of the shades of blue sometimes.
     
  4. desertskynm

    desertskynm Out Of The Brooder

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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...

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  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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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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  6. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    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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  7. cashdl

    cashdl Chillin' With My Peeps

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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
     
  8. Thenino

    Thenino Out Of The Brooder

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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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  9. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what species of chicken lays olive colored eggs? can you mix to breed together to get the olive color???
     
  10. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    Quote: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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