So if you’re looking to add some color to your egg basket this is the post for you! I have listed some great breeds that will offer a rainbow of unique colors to your coop.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of every hen that lays a colorful egg but these are birds I’ve had personal experience with.
Hens That Lay Colored Eggs
Hens that lay colored eggs, browns
Brown isn’t just brown in the egg basket. You can get variations from cream to dark chocolate brown eggs. The breeds to look at for brown eggs would be:
- Rhode Island Reds – one of my personal favorites as they are great layers with a fun personality. Whenever we have a RIR they are usually the queen of the flock.
- Barred Rock – another great brown egg layer. One of my youngest daughter’s favorite breeds. Ours have had great personalities though I know others find them flighty.
- Wyandottes – lays a big brown egg. They are a beautiful bird! The Wyandotte hens I’ve had tend to go broody more often than other breeds; something to consider when you’re looking for layers.
- Australorp – lays a large brown egg. These are gentle giants as hens go. A really sweet, docile bird that can be great if you have the space for them.
Hens that lay colored eggs – blues & greens
- Cream Legbar – lays a beautiful blue egg. I don’t have a Cream Legbar yet but I’ve been very impressed with my research on this bird. We are hoping to add in 2 hens this fall. They can be hard to come by and apparently Martha Stewart keeps some (la te da).
- Araucana – lays a blue egg. The Araucana is a very rare bird, do your research if you really want a true Araucana. Your best bet is to find a reputable breeder.
- Ameraucana – lays eggs ranging from blue to green. Not to be confused with the Araucana, the Ameraucana is its own breed and lays eggs in a range of blue to green. I have 2 of these birds and they are fun to watch but tend to be a bit nervous and flighty; but that is just my experience.
- Easter Egger – the EE hen can lay a wide variety of colors from cream to pink and into blues and greens. This is a hybrid bird so you won’t know what you’re going to get until she lays. Generally a docile bird that lays well.
- Olive Egger – this hen has the capability to lay a light olive to dark olive green egg. The Olive Egger is a hybrid bird and most of the breeders won’t tell you exactly which birds they are using in their program. But first generation layers won’t always have an olive colored egg or it will be very light. Further into generations you’ll get truer olive colored eggs. Fun!
I hope my little guide to hens that lay colored eggs will help you choose your next breed. It is like Easter all year long when you have colored eggs in the nest! Do you raise hens for colored eggs? Which breed do you like best?