5 Best Colorful Egg Laying Chicken Breeds – Treats for Chickens
Hi Treats for Chickens community, it's me, Dawn!
Soooo, Treats for Chickens Dawn has presented the Top 5 Best Brown Egg Laying Chicken Breeds and Top 5 Best White Egg Laying Chicken Breeds, ahnnnd now Dawn reviewed-- what she thinks-- are the Top 5 Colorful Egg Layers!
Without further ado, Best Colorful Egg Layers …
Number five on her very official list is the...
The Cream Legbar breed of chickens is difficult to purchase in the United States. Although these chickens 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 Cream Legbars though, this chicken breed will make an awesome addition to your backyard flock!
Cream Legbar Chicken Eggs Colors: These chickens lay a beautiful blue egg.
Cream Legbar Chicken Behavior: The Cream Legbars prefer free ranging, but this chicken adapts well to a closed run environment. These chickens 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 this chicken breed is in a closed run. [May Treats For Chickens suggest a bag of Chicken Crack and a toy? It will keep these feathered friends busy for hours! I promise.]
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.
The Favaucana Chickens are a cross between the Favorelle and the Ameraucanas. Their talent is foraging, so be sure to give Favaucana many ways to find their next meal! If you need ideas, check out this Boredom Busters post. It’s an oldie, but a goodie.
Favaucana Chicken Eggs Colors: This chicken will lay a rather unique blue-green to an olive egg!
Favaucana Chicken Behavior: Favaucanas have a generally sweet disposition and does well in colder climates. This breed doesn’t do as well in hotter climates, so make sure to keep that in mind when you go to purchase one of these beauties!
The Marans Chickens are known as “chocolate-eggers” as this chicken breed produces a beautiful dark brown, chocolate-y colored egg.
Marans Chicken Eggs Colors: 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.
Marans Chicken Behavior: Marans is 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 of items to climb and things to do!
The Light Sussex Chickens 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!
Light Sussex Chicken Eggs Colors: This chicken breed lays lovely pinky-cream eggs.
Light Sussex Chicken Behavior: Much like the Cream Legbar, the Light Sussex also loves to “help out” with chores. This chicken breed is very curious and loves to follow you around as you go about cleaning and feeding the rest of your flock! They are another excellent choice if you have kids as Light Sussex doesn’t mind being held and is petting-tolerant. Light Sussex are a cold-hardy species, however, they can handle the heat if they are provided plenty of shade.
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.
Since Easter Eggers are a hybrid breed, they are much easier-- and cheaper-- to acquire. These chickens are often labeled as “Americanas”-- not to be confused with the Ameraucana breed-- and they make an excellent backyard chicken.
Easter Eggers Eggs Colors: Because they are hybrids between different chicken breeds, 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.
Easter Eggers Chicken Behavior: 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, these chickens do well in hot or cold climates.
This is nowhere near a definitive list of all the colorful egg layers for backyard chicken parents. However, I hope this introduces you to a new chicken breed you haven’t heard of or gives you a place to start. So, you too can collect every colorful egg out there.
-Dawn, Treats for Chickens 🧡
Original Written July 2020
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