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Nature's Easter Eggs

Updated on October 2, 2013

Naturally Colored Chicken Eggs

Chicken eggs come in lots of different colors, not just brown and white. I call these colored eggs, nature's Easter eggs since it seems like nature decorated them for us already. After you see a few of these colored eggs, it makes those racks of plain white supermarket eggs seem boring. Plus if you have a few of the chickens that lay these already-colored eggs you can have the fun of an Easter egg hunt every day.

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Naturally Colored Eggs

Yes, all the eggs on this lens, even the brightly colored ones, are their natural color. They were not dyed to get these shades, these are the color that they were when they were laid.

Egg Colors

Though it may seem like brown and white are the only shades of eggshells, there are actually quite a few different colors that chicken eggs come in. Eggs may be all sorts shades of blue from sky to baby; green shades from pale, pale mint to olive; pink to pinkish brown; pinkish purple to dark purplish brown, lavender, and some eggs even have speckles.

Diversity Is Fun

Basket full of Eggs by woodleywonderworks
Basket full of Eggs by woodleywonderworks

Even though the only difference in colored eggs is the shell, it's fun to collect a variety of colors from your chickens. It makes it feel like Easter every day

Nature's Easter Eggs

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Naturally-colored chicken eggs really simplify Easter, no need to dye the eggs, and some chickens will even hide them for you ;-)

Do Colored Eggs Taste Different?

This is a frequent question, and while I think it would be cool if the answer was yes, the truth is there's no difference in taste between different colored eggs. All eggs are essentially the same inside, regardless of what color their shells are. The same things go into the egg , no matter what color eggs the hen lays. The only difference in taste you might discover is that store-bought eggs, which are usually white, taste much different than farm-bought eggs, which are often various colors. This difference in taste is not due to the color of the egg's shell, it's from the difference in diets between caged, factory raised chickens versus free ranging farm chickens. Color-coded, differently-flavored eggs would be tons of fun though :)

Hunting For Eggs

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These kids get to go egg hunting all the time, not just on Easter.

Various Colored Eggs

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Naturally Blue and Green Eggs

Types of Chicken Eggs Video

Colorful Collection

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Are Brown Eggs Healthier?

Many people have thought that to be healthy, they had to buy the brown eggs at the supermarket. This is nowhere close to true, and is a waste of money if that's the only reason you buy brown eggs. All eggs are essentially the same inside, no matter what color the shell of the egg is. It's often fun to get eggs of a different color, just for something different to look at, but it in no way affects the healthiness of the eggs. The only thing that affects how healthy the eggs are is the hen and her diet. A wide variety of foods, including grass and insects, will result in delicious and healthy eggs, no matter whether they are white, blue, green, brown, or purple.

Brown Chicken Eggs by modomatic
Brown Chicken Eggs by modomatic

Chicken Breeds That Lay Brown Eggs

Some common and not so common chicken breeds that lay brown eggs:

*Australorps

*Barnevelders-some, really dark brown eggs

*Brahmas

*Buckeyes

*Chanteclers

*Cochins

*Cornish-light brown

*Delawares

*Dominiques

*Javas

*Jersey Giants

*Langshans-historically laid very dark, plum-colored eggs

*Marans-some lay dark, chocolately brown eggs

*Naked Necks or Turkens-very light brown eggs

*New Hampshires

*Orpingtons

*Penedesencas-very dark, red-brown eggs

*Plymouth Rocks

*Rhode Island Reds and RI Whites

*Silkies-slightly tinted with tan

*Sussex

*Welsummers-can be dark brown

*Wyandottes

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Different Color Brown Eggs

Chicken Eggs Brown by MinivanNinja
Chicken Eggs Brown by MinivanNinja

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Different Chicken Eggs

Wonderful Brown Eggs

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Dark Brown Chicken Egg

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Dark Brown Chicken Egg by MonkeySimon

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Pretty Chicken Eggs

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Living In Harmony

Do Brown Chickens Lay Brown Eggs?

Certain breeds lay certain color eggs. This is not related to feather color, so there can be chickens that are one color and lay a different color egg, such as the Delaware. The Delaware breed of chickens has a White Columbian feather pattern. Since it's white, most people would think it would lay a white egg. That is not the case. Delawares actually lay brown eggs, no matter what color their feathers are. The Minorca breed comes in a couple of colors, but one of the most common is black. Minorcas lay pretty white eggs.

Feather colors do not show what color eggs the chickens will lay, if that was the case there would be blue and green chickens. The best way to know what color eggs will come out of each chicken is to know what breed it is since certain breeds lay certain colors. It is also often possible to see what color egg will get laid by looking at the pullet's ear lobe, white ear lobes mean the chicken may be a breed that lays white eggs, red ear lobes mean the chicken may be a breed that lays brown eggs. This is not always true, and still leaves the blue and green egg layers out, so it's best to use it as sort of a basis for a guess.

Pink Eggs

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Lots of Eggshell Shades

White Chicken Eggs by cursedthing
White Chicken Eggs by cursedthing

Chicken Breeds That Lay White Eggs

There are several types of chickens that lay white eggs. Not all of them are pure, snow white though, some of them are slightly tinted with brown. Chalky, creamy, pearly, and off-white are all good ways to describe some of those plain white eggs.

*Anconas

*Andalusians

*Appenzellers

*Asils

*Belgian D'Anvers

*Belgian D'Uccles

*Buttercups

*Campines

*Catalanas

*Cubalayas

*Dorkings

*Dutchs

*Faverolles

*Egyptian Fayoumis

*Hamburg

*Holland

*Houdans

*Japanese

*La Fleches

*Lakenvelders

*Leghorns

*Malays

*Minorcas

*Modern Games

*Old English Games

*Orloffs

*Phoenixes

*Polish or Polands

*Rosecombs

*Sebrights

*Spanish White-Faced Blacks

*Sultans

*Sumatrans

*Yokohamas

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Supermarket White Eggs

If you only eat eggs from the supermarket you have most likely only eaten eggs from one chicken breed. That's because most commercial factory farms raise only one breed of chicken, the one breed that out performs all the others in a factory farm, the white leghorn. Almost every single egg eaten in this country comes from white leghorn hens. White leghorns lay hundreds of eggs a year, one almost every single day from the time they start laying, though they do taper off on laying after their first year, which is the reason poultry farms get rid of their chickens then.

Egg View

Eggs Come In Different Shapes and Colors

Mixture of Chicken Eggs

Green and Brown Chicken Eggs by thanker212
Green and Brown Chicken Eggs by thanker212

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Chickens That Lay the Golden Egg

So far, I've never seen gold egg laying chickens, but there is a big call for chicken eggs that are different from the factory-farm, bleached-looking white eggs we all see at the supermarket. Family farms are becoming popular once again, as more people realize fresh and healthy food tastes good and is healthier too. Many people, unable to raise their own chickens for eggs, try to find yummy eggs they can buy for their own families, but in some areas this is difficult to do. This, and the sudden, resurgence of popularity in the keeping of chickens, have combined to make some people, who never thought they'd do such a thing, into chicken-farmers. People raising honest and quality chicken eggs can make a bit of extra money off of a fulfilling hobby, and supply their family with fresh henfruit in the bargain. The eggs may not be golden, but blue and green will do.

Olive, Blue, Green, and Orange Eggs

Where Do Green Eggs Come From?

Green eggs are very interesting. They are actually created by a chicken with the brown egg gene to a chicken with the blue egg gene. The blue egg is created and overlaid with the brown color, so it becomes sort of green. Some of the prettiest green eggs come from a mixture of the breeds of Ameraucana and Maran.

Green Eggs and Ham

Where would we be on a colored egg lens without adding the classic, Green Eggs and Ham?

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GREEN EGGS AND HAM B

Now your kids can have Green Eggs and Ham too, just by getting a few naturally-colored chicken eggs.

 

Green Eggs

Various Colored Chicken Eggs

Colored Chicken Eggs by Cortney @ Dog, Farm, Canvas, Quilt Cortney Dean
Colored Chicken Eggs by Cortney @ Dog, Farm, Canvas, Quilt Cortney Dean

Blue Chicken Eggs

Blue Eggshell

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Unlike brown eggs, the color for blue eggs goes all the way through and isn't just on the surface on the shell.

Chicken Breeds That Lay Blue/Green Eggs

There are several chicken breeds that lay slightly tinted, colored eggs, but if you see blue or green eggs, there's only three types of chickens that could have come from:

Araucanas

Ameraucanas

Mixed Breed or Easter Eggers

Ameraucanas, Araucanas, Easter Eggers?

"My chickens lay blue/green eggs, does that mean I have an Araucana or Ameraucana?"

There's always a lot of confusion over the different blue or green egg-laying breeds. Some people think they've got Araucanas, when they really have Ameraucanas. Others think their Easter Eggers are Ameraucanas. It's even more confusing since many feed stores don't even know what they have, so tell people they're buying another breed. Plus, the background of each breed is confused and no one really knows their histories. Luckily for us, the poultry fanciers have come up with criteria for each of the breeds to have before they can be considered Ameraucanas or Araucanas, so we can identify the different breeds.

Araucanas are often called rumpless Araucanas since they have no tails. All they have is a sort of bump for a butt. They also have things called ear tuffs, clumps of feathers by their ears, and the chickens often have a sort of looking-down-their-beaks look. They lay only blue eggs. Araucanas are also fairly rare since they have odd genetics that make a quarter of them die in the shell. You are extremely unlikely to find true Araucanas at a feed store or chick hatchery. If you want this chicken breed, you'll need to find a real Araucana breeder. A good place to do this is a chicken show or an Araucana group.

Ameraucanas are a bit more common than Araucanas. They are becoming popular for breeders to raise since they don't have the lethal gene that Araucanas have, are recognized by the American Poultry Association (so can get shown at chicken shows), and still have pretty colored eggs. Ameraucanas have tails, lay colored-eggs, and have muffs and beards, little clumps of feathers under their chins. They lay blue eggs. Most feed stores will say they have Ameraucana chicks for sale, but they don't realize they are getting and selling mixed breeds called Easter Eggers. The best way to get quality Ameraucanas is to get them from Ameraucana breeders.

Easter Eggers are the colored-egg laying chicken that most people have. Easter Egger is basically a nice name for a mutt, or a chicken that has a mix of genetics in it. Since the genes are so dominant, they usually look a lot like Ameraucanas, but will frequently lay not-quite blue eggs and have slight feature differences such as the wrong comb shape or different colored legs. The blue egg gene is dominant, so their eggs will usually have blue in them, just aren't likely to be the perfect sky blue of Araucanas. If your chicken lays green eggs, bluish eggs, pink eggs, or other colors, they are most likely Easter Eggers. Easter Eggers can be just as wonderful as purebred Araucanas and Ameraucanas, but they do not qualify for being show chickens, nor do they always breed true. If you purchased your chickens from a feed store or chick hatchery you most likely have Easter Eggers, mixed breeds with the blue egg gene.

Easter Egger Hens

Assorted Colored Chicken Eggs

Assorted Colored Chicken Eggs by Jasmine&Roses
Assorted Colored Chicken Eggs by Jasmine&Roses

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Araucana

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Freshly Laid Pink Eggs

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More Chicken Information

Want to learn more about chickens or even thinking about getting some yourself? (you should! :) Check out these sites for a whole lot of information.

Blue and Brown Eggs

What Makes Different Color Eggs?

Every chicken lays a slightly different color egg and experienced chicken raisers can often tell which of their chickens laid which egg by the shade, different bumps, and size of the eggs. There is some variation over time as well. New hens, when they just start laying will often have uneven patterns and odd sized eggs, then the color and shape and size will usually even out as she starts laying regularly. When the chicken starts reaching the end of her egg production time or gets stressed, she may lay odd eggs again.

Eggs are colored by the different pigments applied to the shell as they pass through the hen's system. Each type of chicken has evolved through natural or artificial breeding to lay certain color eggs. Each hen of each breed has a different color scheme inside of her which depends on her genetics, and so she will lay certain color eggs according to her breeding. The genetics of egg coloring are very complex and we still don't understand everything about them, so unless the hen is purebred we do not always know what color egg she will lay and even if she is purebred we may not always know the exact shade of color she will lay.

A Rainbow Dozen

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Learn More About Chickens

Thinking about getting some chickens or just want to know some more about them? Check out these books. They're full of great information and will fill you in on all the details.

Nest with Eggs

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I had NO idea that eggs came (naturally) in any color except white and brown. What a fascinating article (and perfect for this Easter [Egg] week). :) You've found some fantastic photos to illustrate this interesting page. My very favorite, which speaks volumes, simply says 'Living In Harmony'.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      They are so beautiful! I don't believe I have ever seen anything other than the brown or white chicken eggs. Of course, I knew bird eggs were many different colors, but I did not realize that included chickens, however, it does make sense. I guess I just never thought about it, nor have I been around anyone who raises chickens since my childhood.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Nature's Easter eggs are the best. It would be fun to have an Easter egg hunt every day. I'm working my way to raising my own chickens. Thanks for all the interesting information.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      I knew a little about this and now I know quite a bit more.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very interesting and my daughter raises chickens. She's told me about some green eggs from one of the hens. Sending her the story on FB, so she can try to figure out what kind of chicken she has. Thanks for sharing your knowledge on this!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a delightful website! Do yourself and others a favor and PLEASE change the "regardless" to the proper "regardless". Makes my teeth hurt to read that!

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      Alisha Vargas 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      @hmommers: Aww, thanks so much! I appreciate it!

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      @AlishaV: And I am going to add it for the reading quest of the RocketSquids. I liked this one the most of all the easter lenses :-D

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      Alisha Vargas 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      @hmommers: Thank you! I don't mind at all, I appreciate it :)

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      What a great lens! I never knew that there are so many colors in an egg.

      I am going to add this lens to mine in the favorites list. Hope you don't mind?

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      JohnCumbow 5 years ago

      I love the naturally colored eggs! We used to have an araucana that laid green eggs. Now, I mostly eat organic brown eggs.

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      jed78 5 years ago

      Wow what a lens , very interesting! I raise a few different varieties and americanas are a major part of the flock.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have some Ameraucana chicks. Im so excited to get blue eggs!!!

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      whaleriders6 5 years ago

      Beautiful, and very informational, lens!

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      Kathryn Wallace 5 years ago from Greenbank, WA, USA

      One year I died Easter eggs with onion skins and they came out this beautiful brown color, they looked like mahogany eggs. Lovely lens.

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      PoeticChristian 5 years ago

      very interesting, even as I was a farmer when I was young, I had no idea. Very cool and I am glad I chose to stop by. Great lens!

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      Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens AlishaV. I have to agree also...Great colorful photos. The different color of eggs together and separately PoP!

      The photo I like most is the brown egg on the edge of the plate in the photo "Wonderful Brown Eggs". Makes you want to pick it up and shake it to see if the egg is real. :-)

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      Oh...At least you won't have food coloring or dye all over the kitchen and glasses to clean up after the kids have finished dying the eggs for Easter. Just let nature do it for you! (Instant Easter eggs)! :-))

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! Its amazing how many colours an egg can be. I did not know this and am so happy that i now do. Great job!

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      ultimapalabra 5 years ago

      What an interesting lens! I learned a lot. Thank you!

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      otherlleft 5 years ago

      My local Agway will have several color-option chicks available this year, I'm very excited!

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      HtCares 5 years ago

      What a great lens. I learned a lot. Thanks.

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      awakeningwellness 5 years ago

      I always buy my eggs from local farmers but I have never had any color except brown. I love this lens, I didn't even know eggs came in other colors, thanks for the info!

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      mrstwowheeljunkie 5 years ago

      These are really cool! Great Lens!

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      Lauriej1 5 years ago

      Cool lens!! :)

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      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

      I'm so glad I happen to land your page...It was wonderful, informative and just all around fun. My girls got a kick out of it to. thanks and be blessed.

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      SunshineLollipops 5 years ago

      @Judy Filarecki: I have always heard that the closer the egg was to its expiration the better it peels. So, if you are going to hard boil eggs use the older ones :)

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      SunshineLollipops 5 years ago

      I loved your lens on eggs. The different colors and shapes are amazing. Natural colors are my favorite... it was fun to learn more about them all. Thanks!

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Very cool! My grandparents always raised chickens. I remember the eggs being different shades, but not the diversity that you have pictured. :)

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      Judy Filarecki 5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I just recently got some green and blue eggs from a local farmer. The grand kids were really fascinated by them and wanted to know if I had dyed them. I usually get cage-free brown eggs. One problem I have with fresh eggs is that they don't peel well when hard boiled except the green one which was perfect. does anyone have a suggestion about making fresh eggs peel better?

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      LadyCharlie 5 years ago

      I love it...love chickens and their eggs! I didn't know there was so many colors though...wonderful lens! Blessed!

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      Delia 5 years ago

      very interesting lens!

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      Gale 5 years ago from Texas

      I love this lens, and plan to share it! You mentioned that "Eggs are colored by the different pigments applied to the shell as they pass through the hen's system." I wonder why the blue egg color goes all the way through then while the brown only coats the outside (is that the same for pink too? I imagine green might go all the way through since the hens have part of the genes of a blue laying egg). How fun!

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      Rusty Quill 5 years ago

      What a fantastic interesting hens, um lens. :) I always thought the color of the egg was determined by the hen's diet - thanks for the lesson.

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      Stinkerbelle 5 years ago

      Thanks for teaching me something new great lens

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      Really great seeing all the wonderfully (and naturally) colored chicken eggs you have featured here. :) Thanks for sharing...there's really nothing like farm fresh eggs.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thank you

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      TerryBain 5 years ago

      Very nice. My favorite part of this is the photos. Good good work.

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      mjtaylor lm 5 years ago

      @Septamia: Really truly, I have seen these IRL!

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      mjtaylor lm 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Eileen 5 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      What beautiiful colors - great lens !

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      VinayVallabhaneni 5 years ago

      Wow, Never imagined that there are many variety of eggs like green, blue. Nice lens

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Great lens! We have several Ameraucanas in our small, mixed flock of hens, and they lay greenish and bluish colored eggs. There is nothing better than fresh eggs for breakfast, and our friends really like when we share the extra eggs with them.

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      Septamia 5 years ago

      For the first time learned that the eggs are green, and blue.

      This is no joke and not the miracles Photoshop?

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      ferginarg lm 5 years ago

      Such a pity I live in a city, I'd love to have chickens, I think they're awesome. Great lens, you learn something everyday. Thanks.

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I had no idea there were so many colors of chicken eggs. Thanks for the education. Beautiful lens. Liked.

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      These are so pretty. I wish that I liked the taste of eggs. :::blessed:::

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I never noticed the various colors of eggs and all these info on types of chicken. I just never knew.

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      Adriana 5 years ago from New Market

      You reminded my of one of our chickens a few years back. I didn't know at the time there were such things as green eggs, and imagine my surprise when she laid her first egg: a beautiful shade of green!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I certainly learned a lot this morning, great information, great lens :)

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      candleandblue 5 years ago

      Love the blue eggs. My speckled hens lay brown eggs with dark brown small speckles. They taste delicious.

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      brando87 5 years ago

      I didn't know that chickens laid anything other than brown or white eggs. Very interesting.

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      ara-bella 5 years ago

      wow. I've never seen blue and greennaturelly colored eggs, white and brown - yes, but green ... You've got a beautiful collection here!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Wow! I didn't even know there were chickens that laid colored eggs!!! Blessed!

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      What a great lens! super entertaining & informative-best of both worlds!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! I didn't know there were green eggs.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great article, enjoyed all the detail and photos. *blessed by a squid angel*

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      I love the colored eggs, learned a lot too, Blessed***

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      BestGamesQuest 5 years ago

      Awesome pictures! The green ones remind me of "Ei eggs" that I ate in Norway, that I think are produced by eiderdown ducks.

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      I grew up on a small farm and my sister and I had to pick up the (differently) colored eggs. It wasn't quite as much fun as Easter though :) Our ducks also had beautiful eggs with lots of green and blue. Something we had laid speckled eggs too. Very pretty.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Your intro pic really caught my eye! My five hens lay brown, pink and green eggs. They are both beautiful and delicious! I enjoyed your lens!

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Awesome colourful eggs. I only those from the store, which are all just one colour. Love the blue and green ones.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      These are such great photos of the colored eggs, and I wish the grocery store would sell them because it would probably get more kids to want to eat their scrambled eggs for breakfast.

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      What a great article! I used to raise aracauna chickens, and enjoyed seeing eggs come out all different shades of green.

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      Cute lens, I had no idea that there could be so many different colors!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a stunning lens! Is it me or does that chicken have a moustache? lol

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Very interesting lens. I never knew eggs came in any other color but white and brown. Great job. Blessed.

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      lunagaze 5 years ago

      this is shocking to me I never knew there were so many colors eggs could be

      Fantastic lens

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I just learned about the blue eggs from Araucanas a few years ago, when I started buying eggs from a co-worker. What I know for sure is there is a big diffence between fresh local eggs and supermarket eggs -- in appearance and taste. Great lens.

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      amyrechar 5 years ago

      I never knew eggs were of so many different colors...loved all the pictures. Thank you for sharing this and creating the lens.

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      Beadsnresin 5 years ago

      Thanks for this lens, every time I saw a green one, i kept thinking about the book, Green Eggs and Ham lol

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      mowug1776 5 years ago

      use to have chickhens and i loved it great lens

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      Leilani-m 5 years ago

      I would love to get some chickens that lay green, blue and dark brown eggs, but I'm not sure I will find them in Croatia. My chickens lay eggs mostly in brown and pink shades.

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      MustangHistory 5 years ago

      Great ideas.

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      MustangHistory 5 years ago

      What colorful eggs.

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      dustytoes 6 years ago

      I love to get fresh eggs from my neighbors who raise chickens, but I've never had green or blue ones. Those are beautiful.

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      bohnanza22 6 years ago

      We had Araucanian Chickens for a while and they were A lot of fun.

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      Alisha Vargas 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      @anonymous: The genes that make the colors of the eggs are fairly complex, but if the Easter Egger is laying brightly colored eggs or came from a brightly colored egg any offspring should lay colored eggs too, though be slightly diluted with the brown egg genes of the Buff Orpington. The eggs will likely turn out greenish, which I think is really pretty.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi ... I was wondering if the Easter Egger and the Buff Orpington together could breed colored eggs?

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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from Covington, LA

      Wonderful and thorough lens. My hens lay blue, green and pink eggs and are probably the "mutt" Ameraucana, though they were sold as full blooded.

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      Cool lens. We have chickens. Some lay brownish eggs, some are really small and some are blue.

      blessed!

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      Just LOVE your eggs! I always go for the colors. Thank you!

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      EmmaCooper LM 6 years ago

      Next time we get a new chicken we're gonna look for breeds which lay different coloured eggs, so thanks for making this lens :)

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      Alisha Vargas 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      @anonymous: Oh wow! I never even noticed that, I've never seen a carton of eggs that wasn't either a dozen or a half of dozen and didn't pay enough attention I guess

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Just to let you know, your rainbow dozen is not a dozen! ;)

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      LarryCoffey LM 7 years ago

      Easter eggs come from hens? I thought they came from cute, little white bunnies. *sob*

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      fshields 7 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I had never seen anything other than white or brown eggs. Now that I have started bying eggs from a small local farm, I wanted to make sure that the chickens weren't drinking antifreeze or winshield washer fluid to create those beautifully colored eggs.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My plain little "barnies" as we call them (for barnyard chickens) are feed store mutts. Even so they lay a beautiful assortment of different shades of brown and cream colored eggs, some with speckles. I hope to add some Easter Eggers or Amerucanas this year.

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      Very informative, and beautiful egg pix!

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      Joan Hall 8 years ago from Los Angeles

      So beautiful!

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      JLCollins 8 years ago

      How fun! I love the different colors and information on eggs!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a unique and interesting lens. In fact it is eggcellent! Blessed by an Angel!

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      Alisha Vargas 8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Thanks! I'm going to be adding a link to Backyard Chickens and a few other things as well. Spreading the chicken addiction :)

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      michaellindsay 8 years ago

      Great article. Learned a lot and I am from a rural area! Thanks for sharing.

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      XP 8 years ago

      What a colorful lens! :)

      Might I suggest a link to BackYardChickens.com if you don't already have one ... it is a great resource!