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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Chicken breeds are hugely varying in terms of color, physical appearance, as well as their egg-laying characteristics. The following are some unusual and remarkable chicken breeds:
1. The Appenzeller Spitzhauben
This breed originates from Appenzell in Switzerland, the Swiss-German region.
What makes them unusual: They possess a unique forward-pointing crest. This breed has a v-shaped comb and can display black spangled, silver spangled, gold spangled, and blue spangled plumage.
What makes them remarkable: Curious and active chickens hat choose to range and forage in an unlimited area.
Eggs and availability: This breed lays around 220 tinted or white eggs per year. This breed is pretty scarce in the United States. They do well in free-range, but not so well cooped.
2. The Naked Neck
This spooky appearing chicken breed originated from Hungary.
What makes them unusual: Ability to display buff, black, white or red plumage. The breed can also be patterned wearing shriveled feathers.
What makes them remarkable: Naked necks are affectionate and friendly to their keeper. Due to their gentle and sweet nature, they can make perfect pets for kids. his breed can flourish if given the liberty to forage.
Eggs and availability: This chicken breed lays around 120 light brown eggs per year. They are readily available. Search for them here.
3. The La Fleche
This breed originates from France. It is among the most distinctive looking chooks on the perch.
What makes them unusual: They have a unique horn-shaped comb that gives them an ominous-looking form with white earlobes and a blood-red wattle.
What makes them remarkable: They are a pleasure to keep in the chicken coop. Active and inquisitive chicken that like devising ways to explore their backyard in a very aloof way.
They lay around 180 eggs per year and are very scarce.
4. Ayam Cemani
Ayam Cemani is one of the strangest and most superb chicken breed in Indonesia. They are well-regarded as religious and mystical signs and are tremendously expensive.
What makes them unusual: They are completely black--all over!
What makes them remarkable: Friendly and make caring mother hens.
Eggs and availability: Ayam Cemani lay around 80 cream, slightly pink-tinted eggs per year. These are also pretty scarce, but you can get them here when available.
5. The White Sultan
This chicken breed originates from turkey and belongs to the group of crested chicken.
What makes them unique? They have feathered feet, a long tail, full crest, a horned comb, and a fifth toe!
What makes them remarkable: They are a feathered fashion show ! Also, they are friendly and can live health lives restricted to a roomy chicken backyard.
Eggs and availability: he Sultan chicken breed lays around 180 white eggs per year. You can look to buy them here.
These are only just a handful of the odd and amazing chickens out there. I encourage you to check out the links I included in the blog to add some to your flock! And no matter how bizarre the breed, be sure to give them love with our PopWorms! treats.