There are basically three types of chickens that lay blue eggs – Ameraucanas, Araucanas and Easter Eggers (although Cream Legbars do lay blue eggs as well and are just becoming available in the US) – but only two of the three ALWAYS lay blue eggs, so you’ll want to be sure of what you’re ordering if you are determined to have blue eggs.
Ameraucanas are a pure breed recognized by the APA since 1984. They were most likely originally bred from South American blue egg laying breeds but were developed and standardized in the United States. They come in eight distinct colors including, Blue, Black, White and Wheaten, which all share these distinct Ameraucana traits:
● Muffs and beard
● Red earlobes
● Blue legs
● White foot bottoms
● Always lay blue eggs
Araucanas are also a pure breed recognized by the APA since 1976. They originated in Chile most likely and come in five colors including black, white, duckwing silver and golden. Araucanas all share these distinct Araucana traits:
● Ear tufts (this gene is lethal to developing chicks if inherited by both parents)
● Red earlobes
● Rumpless (no tail)
● Green or willow-colored legs
● Yellow foot bottoms
● Always lay blue eggs
Easter Eggers are not a recognized breed. They are mongrels – mixed breed chickens that do possess the blue egg gene but don’t fully meet the breed specifications of either Araucanas or Ameraucanas. They can come in any color or combination of colors and share these traits:
● Any kind of comb
● Muffs/beard/ear tufts or none
● Any color earlobes
● Tail or tail-less
● Any color legs
● Any color foot bottoms
● Can lay blue but also sometimes lay green, tan, pink or even yellow
So if you want to be guaranteed blue egg layers, you will want to raise some Araucanas or Ameraucanas; but Easter Eggers are fun because you never know what color egg each will lay until she starts laying, and even identical-looking hens often lay varying shades of bluish or greenish eggs.
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