What breed lays red eggs?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Theegoliath, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. Theegoliath

    Theegoliath Chillin' With My Peeps

    What breed lays red eggs?

    Olive eggers - green
    Marans - chocolate brown
    Legbars - blue
    Ameracaunas - blue

    These all lay cool colored eggs. Is a chicken that lays a red or orange egg : /
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    No chicken lays a true red egg. The closest thing to red is probably either the terra cotta colored eggs that some Marans lay, or else the pale pink eggs that some Easter Eggers lay. Some people are under the misconception that Cherry Eggers lay red eggs because of their name, but Cherry Eggers are hybrids produced by crossing breeds with reddish feathers (RIR, NHR) and the name refers not to the color of their eggs, but to the reddish color of their feathers.
     
  3. Theegoliath

    Theegoliath Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ive read that certain welsummers lay terra cota as well. Whats with that?
     
  4. Michael OShay

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    Welsummers like Marans are well known for their very dark brown eggs (other breeds that are as well are Barnevelders, Empordanesas, and Pendesencas. Sometimes their dark brown eggs will have a slight reddish tint to them, hence the terra cota eggs. All of these breeds can be used for crossing with blue egg laying Ameraucanas to produce Olive Eggers, which lay dark green (olive) colored eggs.
     

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