The Top Five Colorful Egg Layers
Soooo, we’ve had the Top 5 Best White Egg Layers and Top 5 Best Brown Egg Layers, ahnnd now I am reviewing-- what I think-- to be the Top 5 Colorful Egg Layers!
Without further ado…
5) Number five on my very official list is the Cream Legbar. These chickens lay a beautiful blue egg.
Image courtesy of: meyerhatchery.com
Cream Legbars prefer free ranging, but they adapt well to a closed run environment. They are a friendly and calm breed, and adore tagging along for chores! (At least someone enjoys doing them, right?) Cream Legbars are an active, curious breed so they will need a lot of stimulation-- especially if they are in a closed run. (May we suggest a bag of Chicken Crack and a toy? It will keep them busy for hours! I promise.)
Image courtesy of Backyard Poultry
The downsides? Cream Legbars are difficult to purchase in the United States. Although they are rather prolific in the UK, Cream Legbars have only been recently introduced in the United States. Their genial temperament and beautiful eggs have them in high demand. If you can get your hands on them though, they will make an awesome addition to your backyard flock!
A quick fun fact about Cream Legbars: They are one of the few breeds you can auto-sex. Females hatch with dark and light stripes. Males hatch considerably lighter with light yellow spots on their heads.
4) Next is the Favaucana. They will lay a rather unique blue-green to olive egg!
Image from mypetchicken.com
This breed is a cross between the Favorelle and the Ameraucanas. Their talent is foraging, so be sure to give them many ways to find their next meal! If you need ideas, check out this post. It’s an oldie, but a goodie.
Favaucanas have a generally sweet disposition and do well in colder climates. They don’t do as well in hotter climates, so make sure to keep that in mind when you go to purchase one of these beauties!
3) At number three is the Marans. The Marans are known as “chocolate-eggers” as they produce a beautiful dark brown, chocolate-y colored egg.
Eggs courtesy of Meyer Hatchery
Now, each variation has different shades of brown eggs. If you’d like the darkest, chocolatiest eggs, you’ll want to find either the Black Copper or Silver Cuckoo varieties.
Black Copper Marans from Meyer Hatchery
Marans are a docile, friendly species. They do cold climates well, but are more sensitive to heat. They are another active species, so they’ll need lots items to climb and things to do!
2) Second on the list is the Light Sussex-- who lays lovely pinky-cream eggs.
Image courtesy of Greenfire Farms
Much like the Cream Legbar, Light Sussex also love to “help out” with chores. They are very curious and love to follow you around as you go about cleaning and feeding the rest of your flock! These are another excellent choice if you have kids as Light Sussex don’t mind being held and are petting-tolerant.
Image courtesy of Greenfire Farms
Light Sussex are a cold-hardy species, however they can handle heat if they are provided plenty of shade. They are considered to be an excellent beginner breed, so if you’re just starting out and would like to add some color variation to your egg collection, consider picking up a Light Sussex!
1) Last, but not least, is the Easter Egger.
Easter eggers are not a single species, instead they are many different hybrids between different chicken breeds. Because of this, Easter Eggers can lay a multitude of colors-- however, one hen can only lay one color during her laying time. Really, it’s just an excuse to get more chickens, because you’ll want to collect all.the.colors.
Image courtesy of Meyer Hatchery
Since Easter Eggers are a hybrid breed, they are much easier-- and cheaper-- to acquire. They are often labeled as “Americanas”-- not to be confused with the Ameraucana breed-- and they make an excellent backyard chicken.
An example of an Easter Egger from Meyer Hatchery
Easter Eggers are not only known for their colorful eggs, they are also considered to have a “sunny, outgoing disposition.” They are human friendly and curious-- if you have kids, they will be sure to love one another! Easter Eggers are another excellent starting breed. Since they are a hybrid breed, they do well in hot or cold climates.
This is nowhere near a definitive list of all the colorful egg layers. However, I hope this introduces you to a new breed you haven’t heard of or gives you a place to start so you too can collect every colored egg out there.
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