Worth starting a breeding program for green eggs?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AtropineCaffein, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. AtropineCaffein

    AtropineCaffein Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a few different breeds. One of the ladies (not sure who, may be more than one) lays pale blue tinted eggs (which is pretty, but also pretty common).

    However, I also have someone who is laying more green (though not quite olive) colored eggs. Even when the bloom is rubbed off, you still get a very definite medium light green. Not a pale tinted green, but a "green".

    Is it worth it to start a breeding program for that or is that fairly common? Everything I have seen so far refers to "pale tinted", but I see pictures of more green.

    BTW, this is not the warm grey (with slight hints of green or yellow) that cayugas typically lay. I will try to post a pic.
     
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  2. AtropineCaffein

    AtropineCaffein Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Senna95

    Senna95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a pretty color. I have a hen that lays that color at the beginning of the laying season, then they lighten up as the season progresses. If that is the color all the time.....lucky you!
     
  4. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on the breed as some have a higher chance of laying a colored egg than others.

    I breed anconas and have found that some people strictly want colored egg laying ducks. So i do several hatches a year of just colored eggs to sell the ducklings as "possible" colored egg layers (higher chances if the drake I use hatched from a colored egg).
    I've also found that most will stay that color (green and blue eggs) and don't lighten with the laying cycle like black eggs do
     
  5. AtropineCaffein

    AtropineCaffein Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!! I thought it was gorgeous. And a bit of surprise :) I have five eggs in the incubator right now, praying for 4 hens and 1 drake ;)

    I noticed the cayugas lightened up quickly. These seem to be holding steady so far. I am not sure of the 4 breeds I have which one this is. I do not think it is a runner, because I only have 1 and I think she is laying the light blue eggs.

    Plus this is both bloom AND egg color. The egg color under the bloom is still green, though a shade lighter (unlike the cayugas who have white eggs with grey bloom).

    Hopefully they stay green :)
     
  6. AtropineCaffein

    AtropineCaffein Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So your anconas have green eggs? I don't have that breed, do you know which of these breeds that I have might be laying them: saxony, runner (though i think she is laying the light blue eggs), silver appleyard, cayuga (though i don't think so as her eggs were white with a dark bloom, and these eggs are green with a green bloom), white layer, welsh harlequin?
     
  7. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Runner would be the most likely. Cayuga second (I used to have a flock of show cayugas and 6 of them laid green eggs).

    Least likely would be welsh and white layer.

    Yes, here are some pics of my eggs
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    Eggs in this pic are cayuga, welsh, and anconas. The anconas and cayugas laid the green ones
     

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