Improvements in egg color!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mandelyn, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing

    2,357
    616
    321
    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    After becoming disappointed in the results of eggs from purchased birds I jumped off the deep end and started breeding 3 years ago. It's become a life goal to not chicken shop much and to breed our own replacements.

    These are Marans eggs from the first group we brought in.

    eggs4.jpg

    These are the eggs from their daughters, after getting picky on which male and only selecting the darkest eggs to incubate.

    meggs32.jpg

    Then of course if you have a variety that lays blue or green, you gotta make Olive Eggers too!

    oeeggs36.jpg

    Now I'm waiting around to see what the pullets lay from this season... then on down the line as we work our way through breeding for type and function. The solid green egg in the above picture is from a pullet hatched last March, out of OE to OE.

    It's amazing what one generation can change!
     
  2. pinknblackchaos

    pinknblackchaos Songster

    78
    73
    101
    Sep 25, 2016
    Michigan
    Oh that bowl of olive speckled eggs has me super jelly! Beautiful eggs all around! Congrats on the improvements!
     
    mandelyn and so lucky like this.
  3. sealer39

    sealer39 Crowing

    423
    1,136
    272
    Aug 3, 2013
    Pineville, Louisiana
    Beautiful eggs! That has to be satisfying knowing those are your own creation. Of course the chickens helped a little. :D
     
    mandelyn, so lucky and chrissynemetz like this.
  4. chrissynemetz

    chrissynemetz Crossing the Road

    2,447
    4,679
    812
    Dec 19, 2013
    Olathe Colorado
    :clap:clap:clap
    What beautiful eggs!!! :love
     
    mandelyn and so lucky like this.
  5. TwoShepherds

    TwoShepherds Songster

    263
    909
    196
    Apr 4, 2019
    Southeast TN
    What lovely eggs! Congratulations!
     
    mandelyn, chrissynemetz and so lucky like this.
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    87,952
    133,508
    1,817
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Well done. I especially like the speckled OE eggs.
     
    chrissynemetz and mandelyn like this.
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    66,916
    61,781
    1,477
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I love breeding OE's!
    Just wish I could find a good strong blue layer......my CCL's are rather pale.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: