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easter egger chicken

easter egger chicken

easter egger chicken

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As a relative of the Araucana and Ameraucana they carry the blue egg gene. (Source: www.chickensandmore.com Chickens that have this gene lay eggs that are blue shelled both outside and inside. (Source:www.chickensandmore.com))

The color of the egg can be nywhere from blue to green, olive or light pink and shades in between. However she will only lay one color through her lifetime. (Source: www.chickensandmore.com These chickens carry a gene called enocyanin that allows them to lay blue eggs. (Source:www.chickensandmore.com))

Although they retain the blue egg gene they are not classified as a true breed. (Source: www.chickensandmore.com)

In current American usage, an Easter egger or Easter-egger is any chicken that possesses the "colorful egg" gene, but doesn't fully meet any breed standard defined in the American Poultry Association's (APA) standards, or in the case of Easter Egger bantams, the American Bantam Association's (ABA) standards. The name derives from the resemblance of their colorful eggs to Easter eggs and for many years most hatcheries mistakenly labeled their Easter eggers as Ameraucanas or Araucanas. The Araucana, Ameraucana, and Easter eggers are descended from the same foundation stock that spread around the world from Chile and the Falklands. Because of the many breeds that go into them, Easter eggers come in many colors and patterns. The pigment oocyanin deposited on the surface of the shell accounts for the blue-green color. Easter eggers are hardy and excellent layers. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Easter Eggers are one of the most popular hybrids in backyard flocks because of their egg color. However, 1/16 of the chickens resulting from crossing a brown-egg breed and a blue-egg breed will have a single comb and lay brown eggs, which is undesirable. Easter Eggers come in an infinite number of color varieties and lay an infinite number of different egg colors. (Source: en.wikipedia.org Their eggs vary in shade from blue to green and in some cases even pink. An Easter egger crossed with a variety that lays dark-brown eggs, such as the Marans, will result in offspring that lay olive-green eggs, sometimes called olive eggers. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Araucanas – If you’ve been thinking about raising a few chickens for eggs, consider the Araucana. Although there are a lot of great egg-layers out there, such as Rhode Island Reds and Leghorns, few chickens are as delightful, especially if you have children. This breed was originally developed in Chile. They have ear tufts and no tail, because they are rumpless and actually lack the vertebrae that support a tail. More interestingly, though, they lay blue eggs which, remarkably, are blue even on the inside of the shell. The name Araucana is often incorrectly used in this country to describe any chicken that lays green or blue eggs, many of which are actually mixed breeds. (Source: www.farmersalmanac.com)

“Easter Eggers” are a mixed breed chicken with delightful, amusing personalities that many people add to their flock due to the fact that they lay eggs in a wide variety of colors, including blue, pink, green, sage, and yellow. (Source: www.farmersalmanac.com)

Araucanas are a unique breed known for laying blue eggs, exaggerated cheek poufs and no tails. That’s right, if your chicken has tail feathers it’s not really an Araucana. (Source: chickenscratchny.com One step away from the Araucana and a little closer to the Easter Egger is the Ameraucana. The Ameraucana is an American breed (bet you saw that coming!). They were bred in an effort to keep the blue eggs and eliminate a lethal gene common in Araucanas that kills chicks in the shell. (Source:chickenscratchny.com))

Finally we get to the Easter Eggers! They are a mix of different breeds that give you chickens laying blue to blue green eggs thanks to that Araucana blue egg gene. (Source: chickenscratchny.com Chances are you found out about chickens that lay blue eggs and you wanted them! Who wouldn’t? (Source:chickenscratchny.com))

I have a carefully selected (impulsively chosen) flock that lays a mix of blue, white, tan and dark brown eggs. I had one girl that laid stunning speckled olive eggs but she disappeared one day and I still miss her. (Source: chickenscratchny.com)

You will have variation in egg color with your EEs. The colors shift from very pale blue, to pastel blue to a slight green tinge and even a slightly purple color. (Source: chickenscratchny.com)

Fun fact, egg shells are either white or blue! The brown color comes from an ‘overspray’ of pigment. That’s why if you scrub brown eggs the color fades. (Source: chickenscratchny.com)

Olive eggs and green eggs come from chickens that lay a blue shell with a brown overspray. The darker the brown, the deeper the olive or green color. My olive egger was a Welsummer-Easter Egger cross. A combo I plan on hatching next year with my EE girls and one of my Wellie roos. (Source: chickenscratchny.com Most hatcheries will have EEs for sale, some even have bantam Easter Eggers which are adorable and lay tiny blue eggs. I have two elder bantam EEs and they are still laying little robin eggs that my kids adore. (Source:chickenscratchny.com))

They are some of the best layers I have, I tend to have a lot of green and blue eggs even though I have a lot more chickens that lay brown and white. (Source: chickenscratchny.com I call one my little dove, she’s little with a pretty dove grey & cream coloring. She lays the prettiest little blue eggs! The kids really get a kick out of tiny eggs, even more so when they’re a fun color. (Source:chickenscratchny.com))

Easily confused with Ameraucana and Araucana chicken breeds, these feathered beauties aren’t a breed, but rather types of chickens – designer “mutts” that grow into beautiful layers that give us extra large eggs in colors from blue to green and even pink! (Source: thefrugalchicken.com Easter Egger aren’t a breed per se. It’s a variety of chicken that carries the blue egg laying gene, and the modern version is descended from the ancient Araucana breed that first evolved in Chile to lay blue eggs. (Source:thefrugalchicken.com))

They’re usually a cross between blue egg layers like Ameraucanas (though sometimes Araucanas or Cream Legbars) and any other chicken breed. It’s very easy to be confused; many sellers mistakenly label Easter Egger chickens as Ameraucanas or Araucanas (or vice versa). They’re called Easter Eggers because their “butt nuggets” resemble the eggs many people hunt for during the annual spring festival. (Source: thefrugalchicken.com)

The pigment oocyanin that covers the shell gives blue eggs their characteristic color. Research has revealed that this unique color is actually a genetic anomaly. (Source: thefrugalchicken.com)

While both chickens are wonderful, they are definitely two different varieties. Ameraucanas generally always lay blue eggs, while Easter Eggers can lay blue, green, emerald, or even pink eggs. You can discover more about Ameraucanas here. (Source: thefrugalchicken.com)

 

 

 

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