What does "Rainbow Layer" mix refer to??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Hooterville, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. Hooterville

    Hooterville Songster

    I was just reading another post and they were saying that a rainbow layer mix from a hatchery includes birds that lay brown, white and blue/green eggs. Is that the way it works?
    I orderd 15 Rainbow layers from Cackle and this is what I've identified:
    2 SLW
    2 GLW
    2 Buff orps
    2 EEs
    2 RIR or NHR
    2 BA (I think)
    2 BR
    and 1 brown bird that resembles my Partridge cochins but with no feathered legs. Its a very nice mix, but I don't think any of these lay white eggs~~~and I didn't even think about it til now! [​IMG]

    What's up??
  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    yes, generally. just check with the listing of the hatchery ordered from.

    they usually agree to send several breeds/types of chickens that will lay different colors and tints of eggs.

    you'll have to wait and see i guess!
  3. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member 10 Years

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Yup, "rainbow layers" usually refers to an assortment of breeds that will allow you to gather a variety of different colors of eggs. I think Murray McMurray offers a similar assortment. It must be pretty common for the hatcheries.

    I think some people get confused and think that "rainbow layers" refers to the birds' feathers.
  4. Hooterville

    Hooterville Songster

    I thought that they meant the colors of the birds! [​IMG]

    Now I get that its the eggs! "Rainbow Layers" says to me rainbow colored layers! It doesn't really matter--I just wanted a nice assortment of layers to identify! LOL--that's part of the fun!

    I did figure out that the 1 I have that resembles the partridge cochins AND the welsummers may be a brown leghorn. If so, then this would be my 1 bird that will lay white eggs.

    I sort of feel sorry for her now that I know she's just 1 of a kind. Maybe I should try to get her some buddies! hee hee--yet another reason to hatch more babies!!

  5. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Quote:Thats a good assortment most only gaurantee 3 different breeds.

    To answer your other question, I wouldnt get your one brown leghorn partners, if you bring a new one in now, there is no telling if it would hang out with the one you have. Mine all seem to hang with ones that were brought in together.
  6. jossanne

    jossanne Songster

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    Watch your BA's. They might not be australorps, they might be minorcas. If so, they'll be white eggs. They're a little hard to tell apart at first.

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