How to find hens that laythe more deeply tinted eggs...?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by allmypeeps, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. allmypeeps

    allmypeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been wanting to get hens that lay blue/green/olive colored eggs however it seems that all the birds I have been offered or seen, lay colored eggs that are so pale its barely noticable that they are colored at all. Where can I find a local/semi-local (I'm in Maine) supplier who's hen's tend to produce more darker/colorfully tinted eggs?? I want to sell eggs that will wow people :)

    Are some breeds known for richer colored, colored eggs....???

    Ameracana= blue and green(olive)???
    Aracana= blue?
    EasterEgger= pale pastel blue???
    Marans/welsummers= chocolate??

    Or is it rare for a hen to lay the richer colored eggs?

    Thanks...
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
  2. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like you need Olive Eggers. Craigslist may pop up with them occasionally, but you could also try the EE braggers thread or your state thread.
     
  3. allmypeeps

    allmypeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! :)
     
  4. cubakid

    cubakid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ameraucanas and Araucanas lay ONLY blue eggs. EE lay the green eggs and just about anything else.
     
  5. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    The blue comes from the araucana. All the shades of green to olive come from
    crossing with hens that lay various shades of brown.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    First year layers also lay deeper shaded eggs. The overall color can fade as the hen lays more. It can rejuvenate some after a molt, but I've found that a four year old hen lays paler eggs overall than a first year layer, regardless of color.
     

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