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Which Breeds of Chickens Lay Colored Eggs?

When we first decided to try raising chickens, the breeds we chose were based solely on what types of chicks the local feed store had that spring.

We just said "we'll take two of whatever you have" and ended up coming home with two Buff Orpingtons, two Silver Laced Wyandottes and two Rhode Island Reds.

Cute chicks, beautiful chickens, wonderful layers...and they all laid brown eggs.  Which was fine with me.

Growing up the granddaughter of chicken farmers, I was always told, "Brown eggs are local eggs and local eggs are fresh".  And fresh eggs were certainly my goal. So life was good.

Until one day when the guy at the feed store showed me a blue chicken egg that another customer had brought in.

Wait... WHAT?

Chickens lay blue eggs?  I knew some laid white, but blue? I had no idea that there were different colored chicken eggs besides brown and white.

But yes, it was true. Chicken eggs come in all shades of blue, green, pinkish, cream and dark, dark brown. 

Although all eggs start out with white shells, the blue or brown dye (or both) applied to the shells of some breeds results in eggs that come in almost all the hues of the rainbow.

And even brown eggs come in a wide variety of shades when they come from different breeds of chickens.

So once I discovered the world of colored eggs, of course I got online and started researching chicken breeds and egg colors, and then began a quest over the next few years to assemble a flock that lays every color egg imaginable.

So that meant I had to look further than our local feed store. I have ordered chicks from the large hatcheries, including Meyer Hatchery with wonderful results, but for more rare breeds, you likely will have to search out a small breeder. 

The Livestock Conservancy Breeder Directory is a good place to start if you are trying to locate a more rare breed.

**Remember of course when choosing breeds, you should make your final decisions based on temperament, hardiness and other breed characteristics, not purely based on egg color.**

Which Breeds of Chickens lay Colored Eggs?

Here is a guide that might help if you are looking to add some color to your nesting boxes:

Brown Egg Layers


Barred Rock
Brahma
Buckeye
Chantecler
Cochin
Delaware
Dominique
Java
Jersey Giant
Golden Comet/Production Red/Red Star
New Hampshire Red
Plymouth Rock
Rhode Island Red


Light Tan Egg Layers


Buff Orpington
Lavender Orpington
Red Laced/Silver Laced Wyandotte
Speckled Sussex

White Egg Layers


Andalusian
Belgian D'Uccle
Campine
Catalana
Hamburg
Lakenvelder
Leghorn
Minorca
Polish
Russian Orloff
Sabelpoot
Sebright
Sicilian Buttercup
Silkie
White Faced Black Spanish


Cream Egg Layers


Dorking
Easter Egger (some)
Faverolle


Pink Egg Layers


Asil
Australorps (some)
Easter Eggers (some)
Langshan
Light Sussex
Plymouth Rock


Note: Pink eggs are thought to be the result of the natural 'bloom' being applied over a light tan egg.


Chocolate Brown Egg Layers


Barnvelder
Black/Blue Copper Marans
Penedesenca



Speckled Egg Layers


Cuckoo Marans
Welsummer


  

Green Egg Layers


Easter Eggers (some)
Ice Cream Bar
Isbar
Olive Eggers




Blue Egg Layers


Ameraucana  
Araucana
Cream Legbar
Easter Egger (some)


Surprise Egg Layers


Easter Eggers

If you want a bit of a surprise, then add a few Easter Eggers to your flock. They are so named because they can lay a variety of shades of green (mint, pale, bright, olive), pinkish or cream eggs. In fact, you likely saw them listed in several of the above lists for that every reason.

A particular chicken will only lay one color egg her entire life, but each Easter Eggers could lay a different color egg for you. Truly a mystery until she lays her first egg.









So when you're choosing your next breeds of chickens, why not add a little color to your egg basket?
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