These eggs I mean. These eggs just got laid. By Sweetie!
Sweetie started laying eggs right on the 5 month mark of her life. That’s about when to expect a hen to start laying eggs give or take a month depending on the breed. For Ameraucana’s you can expect them to start laying eggs at 5 months.
You can also expect an Ameraucana to lay a blue or a green egg. People think if you have an Ameraucana that lays a green egg you have yourself a subpar Amerauacana. Probably the product of some hanky spanky going on behind the barn.
A “true” Ameraucana will lay either a blue or a green egg, it just depends. Neither is more authentic or inauthentic than the other.
This is the chart of accepted egg colours by the Ameraucana Breeders Club. See. Every shade of blue and green.
People seem to prefer the blue though. Like Sweetie lays. Her eggs are close to the blue of a robin’s egg which is hard to capture in a photo. You know. Like sparkles are hard to capture in a photo. Or a ghost.
My mother told me the other day that she probably wouldn’t want to eat any of Sweetie’s blue eggs because they’d probably taste “different”.
You know. “Different”.
Different like Crispin Glover?
No. No, they taste like any other egg. It’s just the shell colour that’s different, not the guts inside of it.
Here’s a look at all my chickens and the eggs they lay. All of which taste exactly the same.
The only exception is when one of the chickens somehow get their hands on too many Omega-3s which makes the eggs smell/taste kind of fishy and rotten. It sounds awful but it isn’t nearly as bad as when they get into the schnapps.
Mabel lays the largest eggs, Sweetie lays the smallest eggs, Cheez Whiz lays the pointiest eggs and Josephine lays the the shiniest eggs.
Most eggs are dull and chalky, but eggs laid by a Marans chicken have a shine to them. Both Mabel and Josephine are Black Copper Marans, but because Josephine’s eggs usually have less speckles hers look shinier.
Once my little nameless Olive Egger that Cheez Whiz and Josephine raised starts laying eggs I’ll be getting eggs that are maroon. Just kidding. They’ll be purple. Just kidding, they’ll be olive coloured. Hence the name of the sudo-breed “Olive Egger”.
I’m loaded up with eggs right now but as summer comes to a close (wait has that happened already?) the days will get shorter and the eggs will get fewer.
So I’m starting to freeze my eggs in preparation for the long winter nights ahead when the only thing that’ll be getting laid around here is possibly a new carpet.
Have a good weekend. OH! And just to let you know, I’ll be on vacation next week in British Columbia, Canada! So there won’t be any posts all next week but I *will* be Instagramming the trip every day so follow me if you want to follow along.
I’ll be back on Monday, September 26th with the reveal of the Restoration Hardware Furniture hack!