From cream to brown and green to blue, this farm animal produces naturally-colored eggs for a growing number of people raising chickens in cities, suburbs, and on pastures of rural farms and homesteads. Wait a second.
Chickens can lay blue eggs? Blue? No way. Really? Why, yes they do! There are many breeds of this popular farm animal, but only three can take credit for laying blue-shelled eggs.
Blue Egg Laying Chicken Breeds
Araucanas (Origin: Chile)
Easily identifiable by their signature tufts near their ears, Araucanas lay only small blue eggs.
Ameraucanas (Origin: United States)
Layers of blue eggs and occasionally green ones, it’s no surprise why Ameraucanas are often called Easter Eggers. This breed is quite friendly, quiet, and can be somewhat shy.
Cream Legbars (Origin: Cambridge, UK)
The only auto-sexing blue egg laying breed. Formally known as Crested Cream Legbars, this breed was only recently introduced to the United States in 2011. The Cream Legbar is a cross between Brown Leghorns and Barred Rock with some Araucana.
Books for Beginner Chicken Keepers
Do you want to learn how to raise a small flock of chickens where you live? Not sure where to begin? Grab a book! Chicken keeping in urban areas is on the rise which means there are a number of educational and informative books to help. Here are a few of the many fun chicken keeping books with inspiring titles to boot!
Keep Chickens! Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and Other Small Spaces by Barbara Kilarkski
Build Your Own Chicken Coop
Building your own coop is incredibly satisfying and is a memory made even more special when family and friends lend a helping hand.
We think you’ll enjoy viewing the coops on BackYardChickens.com because each design is submitted by the urban, suburban, or rural chicken keeper. Many share photos, a materials list, design drawings, and written instruction with their project story. We know how much you all love inspiring stories. Enjoy!
If you have a chicken-keeping story to share or anything else to add to this post please post your comments. Let’s start a fun conversation about the joys of chicken keeping and farm-fresh eggs, shall we?