Imagine having colored eggs all year long – not just for Easter. Plus, you won’t need any food dyes to change them into a rainbow of colors.
How can you do this?
By finding any one of these breeds of chicken that naturally lay colored eggs.
Check them out!
1. Araucana Chicken
This friendly breed of chicken lays blue or green-colored eggs. The Araucana is thought to have originated in Chile. They do not possess any tail feathers but they do have tufts on their back.
This species of chicken makes a great barnyard pet as it is docile and quite smart.
- Weight: 4 to 5 pounds
- Lifespan: Up to 8 years
- Egg Colors: Greyish blue to turquoise to violet to shades of green
Did you know the Araucana chicken can lay up to 200 eggs each year?
2. Easter Egger Chicken
As the name implies, the Easter Egger chicken lies a rainbow of eggs from blue, green, olive, and pink. Most Easter Eggers do have a tail, red wattles, and clean legs leading to four-toed feet.
The Easter Egger is a mild-mannered, inquisitive bird that may even ask for treats and cuddles.
- Weight: 4 to 8 pounds
- Lifespan: 5 to 8 years
- Egg Colors: Olive, pink, green, blue
Did you know Easter Eggers will lay 4 big eggs each week?
3. Cream Legbar
Another blue egg layer is the Cream Legbar chicken. These chickens have black, gray, and tan feathers with the roosters having a distinct barring pattern on their backs. Legbar chicks in cream come in brown and red hues and chipmunk stripes down their backs.
- Weight: Up to 5.5 pounds
- Lifespan: 8 to 10 years
- Egg Color: Light blue to light green
Did you know the Cream Legbar chicken likes to roam? Some are very docile while others can be noisy and flighty.
4. Olive Egger
These chickens come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. This species is developed just for its olive-green eggs. These chickens get along well with others and are intelligent and resourceful birds.
- Weight: 6 to 8 pounds
- Lifespan: About 8 years
- Egg Color: Olive green
Did you know the color olive is a dark yellowish-green (similar to an unripe or green olive)? Their eggs are usually drab with a tendency to be brownish in tone.
This bird is considered clean and friendly. It lays dark chocolate-colored eggs (they don’t taste like chocolate, though). The Maran is generally quite friendly and may even follow you around. However, they don’t like being cuddled.
- Weight: 5.5 to 8.5 pounds
- Lifespan: 7 to 8 years
- Egg Color: Chocolate brown
Did you know younger Maran chicken eggs will be a deeper color of brown?
A True Easter Egg Hunt
Wouldn’t it be fun to peek under a chicken and find a colored egg? If you ever have the opportunity to collect eggs from one of these special chickens, don’t be surprised when you see a different hue like blue, green, pink, or even dark brown!
Tell us what you think of these true “Easter Egg” chickens!
Categories: Beaks & Bills
Wow! This is a new discovery to me. Thank you for sharing.