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Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by weesy68, Dec 26, 2010.
It's so pretty!
They ARE pretty. Mine have been laying for a few weeks.I hope they keep it up through the winter
Love the color! Congrats to you and your hen and thanks for the pic! I just started getting a tiny blue egg each day
I have an EE that hatched out July 4th. I can still have hope that she will eventually lay!
I have 4 BBL Polish that still haven't laid and were hatched out in MARCH.
I thought Ameraucana's lay blue eggs??
*Unless, the Ameraucana was crossed with a different breed...then you would get an EE. For example, I have a Black Ameraucana (that lays BLUE eggs) that I crossed with a Splash Cochin, and I got Splash Cochin/Ameraucana chicks, also known as Easter Eggers, that lay green eggs.
Ameraucanas are considered "easter eggers", but they only lay blue eggs.
Here is what I found on a website about them:
"The Ameraucana has a tail, muffs, and a beard around its face. The muffs look like a cluster of feathers hanging below and around its face. It is around the eyes and covers and ears and then leads into the beard. The beard is made of feathers that hang from the upper area of the throat. These are the only characteristics that can classify it as a true-bred chicken. The Ameraucana is larger than its counterpart, the Araucana, and is often mistaken for the Araucana. Both lay blue eggs, have pea combs and red earlobes, but only the Ameraucana has a tail, full beard, and muffs. The Araucana, on the other hand, has no tail or muffs just ear tufts. There are eight distinct, and recognized, varieties of the Ameraucana. They are the Black, Blue, Blue-Wheaten, Brown-Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten, and White. There is also a bantam, or miniature, form of the Ameraucana."
So just thought I would point that out, since no one seems to have done so already. And that's a beautiful egg, by the way!!! My Ameraucana/Cochin crosses are yet to start laying any green eggs for me, and they are about 7-8 months old now.
Okay, the description makes her an Araucana, you're right. Beautiful ear muffs, but no beard, and an egg that is definitely greener. My husband swears it's blue, but it's not!
I thought they would NEVER lay, I was beginning to think they were undercover roosters, lol. I love them anyway, they are the prettiest birds.
Aren't the green eggs fun? I have four EEs and they are fabulous. The eggs range from this gorgeous minty green to an almost olive color. I am always excited to see that they have laid.
77horses- Yup. Ameraucanas and araucanas lay blue eggs, although in truth most of those do lean towards the green end of blue. You get an Easter Egger when you mate an ameraucana or araucana with something else. Most hatcheries sell "ameraucanas", but they are almost always really easter eggers. It is frustrating that they misname them.
edited to add- araucanas are fairly rare and distinctive in looks. You just can't miss those tufts.
We got our first green egg today too! It was a light mint green color though. Such a cool feeling to go out there and see that beautiful green instead of the lovely brown we usually get. Congrats!
Congratulations! I found ours yesterday evening when we came back from visiting relatives, and was far more excited about the egg than any present I got, haha.
Just wanted to add that I also found the first green egg from one of my ameraucana/splash cochin pullets (7-8 months old now) in the coop today!
I guess everyone's finding the first green eggs today!