Thank you for the link! It is amazing the amount of different shades eggs can come in for just blue/green alone. Where would I go about getting an egg color chart? I really want to see where my egg color is. I really wished I had kept the eggs that these two hatched out of to compare to. This time around I will to see how they change with each generation. I am also going to crack one open to see if they are fertile and how much of a difference in color the inside is from the outside. Thanks!Hi Yoie - They are pretty eggs, and they have a nice saturation. I see what you mean about being greener than you would like. Do you have an Online Auction Color Chart OAC or one of the Charts from the Ameraucana or Araucana association? Otherwise since everyone's monitor is calibrated a bit differently we may all be seeing a color a bit different from the actual eggs. Just one of those wonders of our technological age...and blue is so hard to photo.
Interesting that we are getting some odder colors coming out.
1muttsfan - I agree with you that it would be nice to have blue and only blue...and for everyone with CLs we need to be careful to let people know that there is indeed a color range---becuase what could be more disappointing than a false advertisement of the true color.
If you have seen the color charts from the clubs of the other blue-layers in the USA - Araucana and Ameraucana - they also have a range of colors for the eggs: Here's a link to show what I'm speaking of:
Each square around the edge was taken from an actual eggshell - the British Araucana Society's member F. Decmar - is the person who did the original chart. Hat's off to Mr. Decmar for his insight. IMO A1 is what we all want -- and is D8 the farthest away? But scroll down and see that the prize winner in the photo is quite green..... but definitely more saturated than the other eggs it that contest. -- So -- I'm thinking that any color that matches the ones the Mr. Decmar recorded, should be acceptable. FMPs olive egg is the first I heard also of an olive in the USA, and as the USA standard is being built, olive has been omitted.
What avenues should someone take when the eggs are NOT the "correct" color. Definitely if it is way off, like white, brown or olive -- don't put those eggs in a breeding program. People would/will need to keep careful breeding records to see what pairings produced that ones that are outside the 'correct' are not bred IF there is a goal to achieve the SOP. The blue eggs hatching green egg-layers is a step back...(for all of us that experience this)--- and a real effort needs to be made to get back to blue. I'm wondering if a DNA test of the Cockerel could indicate if he has O/O - genetics. What would happen if both Hen and Cockerel have O/O -- and eggs are still green? -- then it must be within the realm of normal for the blue-eggs. We have always been told that green is due to the influence of brown pigment coating the true blue egg--- I'm beginning to think that there are other factors -- especially if the shell when first broken is identical inside and outside, that would eliminate the green coming from bloom.