Nothing is more exciting to a chicken owner than gathering the eggs daily; having a variety of egg colors makes this task extra fun! Here is a guide to creating a flock that will give you a colorful egg basket.
Brown eggs have always been considered wholesome and farm-fresh. Did you know there are many varieties of brown eggs? Typical brown eggs are produced by Rhode Island Reds or Australorps. A few egg-layers produce gorgeous brown eggs and add vibrant color to your egg basket. Chicken breeds such as Welsummers, Barnevelders, and Marans produce these beautiful egg colors. Welsummer eggs are not only dark brown but also have speckles on them. Marans tend to be a bit more expensive, while Welsummers and Barnevelders are on the lower end of cost.
White eggs offer their own beauty in any egg basket. A typical white egg layer is the Leghorn; a less common but popular breed that lays white eggs is the Polish chicken. Several rarer breeds, laying white eggs, are Andalusian, Ancona, and Lakenyelders; these breeds are not necessarily expensive, but they may be harder to find.
Greens and Blues
Green and blue eggs are particularly fun to have in our egg basket, and the chickens that lay them are easy to find and are not terribly expensive. The most popular breed that lays green and shades of blue eggs is the Easter Egger. The Easter Egger is not a recognized breed, and their appearance can vary quite a bit. But you can be assured their egg will be beautiful! A more expensive green egg-laying breed is the Olive Egger. Their eggs end to be darker shades of green, similar to olives.
Pinks and Creams
Several common chicken breeds will produce beautiful eggs that are cream to pink in color. Affordable and easy-to-find breeds include Australorps, Orpingtons, and Susex. Some Easter Eggers may lay this hue of eggs as well. A unique, beautiful chicken breed that lays cream-colored eggs is the Silkie. These fluffy chickens are relatively easy to find and are affordable to purchase.
Creating a mixed flock designed to lay a colorful variety of eggs is fum and easy! Despite the color of the shell, you ca be assured they all offer the same farm-fresh aste.
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