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Best breeds for colorful egg basket?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by dofnup, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. dofnup

    dofnup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, so I have finally come to the conclusion that having a colorful egg basket is my #1 priority when choosing chickens. (Temperament and hot weather hardiness come second.)

    So far my wish list looks like this:

    Easter Eggers
    Marans
    RIR (or any other standard brown egg layer)
    Leghorn

    Now ... Are there any other breeds I should be considering? I've read that some breeds lay "cream" or "tinted" eggs ... are these eggs noticeably different than just white? And if so, is there any particular breed anyone would recommend? [​IMG]

    I am very much in the research phase of my chicken flock and I have plenty of time to think about this (as you can tell haha) [​IMG]

    Thank you so much in advance for any help!! [​IMG]
     
  2. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    I'm newly into Welsummers. They lay a lovely dark reddish brown egg. The two hens I have are also talkative, which makes them fun.

    I sell eggs and like the color variety too. I recently got a red sex link or production breed so I can have a really large brown egg to appeal to the eye and the customer.

    Unfortunately I think the EE I bought is dropping a creamy tan egg instead of green or blue. Some day I want a blue layer.
     
  3. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    [​IMG] hello from tombstone!
     
  4. dofnup

    dofnup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hello mrsbell!! ^_^ Someday I hope to visit your fine town, I've been in AZ for 4 years now and still haven't had the chance, geez!!

    Becca, I knew about Welsummers but didn't know if their eggs were that different than Marans ... do you know??
     
  5. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes cream/tinted eggs are plainly distinct from white or brown eggs. If you get a lot of EE, you probably will get a cream/tinted egg layer. If you want to be sure.. just get any 'tinted egg layer'.. turkens(good for hot weather), orps, wyandottes etc
     
  6. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    I really don't know if Maran and Welsummer eggs are very different. I'm sure someone here knows, though. My 2 Cuckoo Marans are still in the brooder.
     
  7. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Well, we have 7 EE's, 3 Marans, a Barred Rock, a Wellsummer, a Turken, and a Buckeye. We get an amazing variety of colors. I had the same goal in mind when choosing breeds and I had no idea that we would get so many varieties of colors. All the EE's lay a different shade of green and a few lay a blue egg. Some of the Marans lay pretty dark eggs and a few lay tan eggs a cream colored eggs [​IMG] The Barred Rock lays cream colored very oblong shaped eggs [​IMG] The Wellsummer lays a very very speckeled red brown egg, the Turken lay a beautiful huge creamy brown speckeled egg, and the Buckeye lays a pinkish brown egg. And they are all different sizes too. We have found anything from a quail sized egg to a goose sized egg. It's like Easter morning everytime we go out to the coop [​IMG] I think all we are really missing is a white egg layer and a true Maran that lays chocolate eggs. I would still love to get a few more EE's that lay a more olive green or purplish eggs. Here a some pictures.


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    Last edited: Apr 22, 2009
  8. vickie2133

    vickie2133 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those eggs are so pretty. I just got some blueish-green eggs to put in my bator. A friend of mine said a guy at work sells them for 1.00 a dozen at his job, so he got me a doz., I get 2.00 for mine but wanted to add some color. Wish me luck. But those eggs are nice.
     
  9. dofnup

    dofnup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG rebecca10782, those are GORGEOUS!! [​IMG] This is exactly what I am shooting for!

    I especially love the pink one ... don't think I've ever seen a natural pink egg before ... guess I need to poke around the chickenverse a little more [​IMG]

    This gives me hope!! Thanks so much!! [​IMG]
     
  10. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    I know! We randomly get truely pink eggs. Our Buckeye lays pinkish brown eggs but you can only see the pink when you put it next to a brown egg, but recently we found two very pink eggs. I hope we get them often. When I went to the coop and found the bunch of eggs above, I just had to take some pictures. I was sooo excited when I found them [​IMG] We always get a rainbow of colors but that day we got a cream colored and a pink. The younger girls had just started to lay, so that was the first cream egg. I have no idea why we get so excited about eggs [​IMG] It's just amazing once you learn what goes into making eggs! The months and months of waiting for our first. It was so hard to break it open [​IMG] It is truly a miracle.
     

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