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Blue egg laying breed questions.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Citron_d'uccle, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Citron_d'uccle

    Citron_d'uccle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breeds lay a medium to dark blue egg? I know Ameraucana and Araucana breeds lay a blue egg, but most eggs I have seen are light blue. I am interested in darker blue eggs. Anyone know where to buy these breeds? Thanks.
     
  2. Meara

    Meara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good question. I know some Ameraucana breeders have succeeded in breeding for a stronger blue egg color, but it is at most Robin's egg blue. Very attractive, but I wouldn't call it dark.
     
  3. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2010
    As in, Indian Myna blue? Cause as far as I know, none yet... [​IMG]
     
  4. AquaEyes

    AquaEyes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Try emus.

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  5. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2010
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  6. Svarthona

    Svarthona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now the question arises how to cross an emu with a chicken [​IMG]

    Seriously though, I wonder how much the blue depends on if it's a single or double dose of the blue egg laying gene...
    Are eggs of birds with a double dose of the gene "more" blue and is it possible to tell the difference in O/o vs. O/O by the shade/deepness of the blue?
     
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    A chicken with a darker blue egg?


    Each strain differs, if you want the darkest/richest most people know of, go for Blue Wheaten/Wheaten Ameraucanas, preferably from Jean Ribbeck's or Peachick's birds. They're not the BLUEst but they sure are the richest!
     
  8. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

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    Quote:I LOVE EMU EGGS! I have a blown one sitting on my desk where I can look at it every day! I like to think of it sort of like my crystal ball...I mean crystal egg. [​IMG] Emu eggs are GORGEOUS! Simply Gorgeous!
     

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