Quote:It seems like the egg color should be part of the goal with ameraucanas. Someone posted a question a while back about what the goal or plan was with the ameraucana breeders club... were they breeding for what the bird looked like first and then egg color or was egg color as important as the bird? ( I am terribly paraphrasing here...lol) Anyway, I don't remember him being answered. I have the egg color chart and there is really a lot of variety in color. Check out this egg shell... https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/62282_eggshell.jpg This is from an easter egger that I have. I wonder what kind of ameraucana one of her parents were.. Here is a pic of her... https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/62282_eegirl.jpg So obviously she does not conform to any ameraucana color standard. But I am just curious if there are any egg color standards that are being worked on? Or is does the ameraucana breeders club have any plans for making egg color standards in the future? I would ask this question on the ameraucana.org message board but it is closed unless you are a member. Do you notice how different the browns are in common everyday brown egg layers? There are a variety of browns in New Hampshires, Orpingtons, Brahmas, Langshans, Wyandotte, etc, etc. And notice how rich some colors can be depending on the hen's laying cycle? Jean posted a very impressive Ameraucana egg a few months back where she said the egg got an extra dose of coloring because it remained longer in the ovaduct...on my computer it registered something near turquoise. I would hate to see the richness of these impressive eggs be dq's because it is said that the Silver Ameraucanas are supposed to lay the best representation of the Ameraucana color...and I'll tell ya...it's a very light, boring blue. Our Ameraucana girls lay different blues depending on where they are in their laying cycle also. My lavs have gone from a greenish hue in March to a shade near turquoise this summer, and the blacks have gone from a light sky blue to a Maxfield Parish Blue (google it), and some of my Wheatens have laid beautiful light blue eggs but now are almost close to white (weird). I think the chart is good for at least comparing and noting what color your girls are laying and when, because it will in fact change! Your March egg colors may be different than June...keeping track is very interesting and could be helpful if breeding certain birds! For myself, I "prefer" the richest, deepest blue I can get my hands on...they are by far the prettiest! I feel making one color (or a value of just a few colors) the standard will be difficult to put into affect...one reason being that people see blues differently . Also, I see a sparse beard and muffs in your EE (partial Ameraucana)...but as with all EE's, unless you know for certain the lineage of BOTH parents, it would be difficult to tell the source of just one. I understand that eggs are different shades at different times. The article from Bev Davis' site said that the flock of birds had to demonstrate that they COULD lay a #4 color egg. Of course at different times of the year egg color can be lighter, darker, etc. I did see Jean's turquoise egg... beautiful. I am just curious, I am sure this has been discussed in great detail by the ameraucana breeders club. What is the standard regarding egg color? Is there none? If a bird with two pure ameraucana parents does not come close enough to the SOP it is called an EE. If the birds legs are a shade too green, it is an EE. What if an ameraucana fit the SOP perfectly but could not lay anything but a white egg? Would it still be an ameraucana? Or an EE? Just asking... I hadn't thought about it until I read about the egg color standard for marans. And egg color is one of the things that makes marans unique. It is the same with ameraucana... the egg color (among other things) makes them unique.