Well, you can’t quite make a rainbow, but with careful selection of breeds you can have some pretty beautiful baskets full of coloured chicken eggs from your own flock! Here are our favourite breeds that combine fabulous coloured chicken eggs with breed personalities just as colourful!
Blue & green: Araucana
Some say they are flighty, but we find our hand reared Araucanas to be inquisitive and funny, not to mention rather friendly (though they can fly, we find ours are not too adventurous!) They lay a beautiful blue-green egg. The colour you get depends on the bird.
These plump, friendly chooks lay a beautiful salmon coloured eggs that really “pop” in the egg carton next to araucana blues and marans dark browns!
Dark brown: Marans
Placid and lovely Marans are available in Australia but they don’t lay quite as deep a chocolate brown eggs of their European forebears, but they’re just about the darkest brown egg you’ll get in this country.
Light brown: Barnevelder
Friendly and funny, Barnevelders are a family favourite as a pet and chook companion! They lay dark brown eggs, often with speckles, making them a lovely addition to the egg basket too!
Speckled light brown: Welsummer
Welsummers are a fairly easygoing breed who lay well and produce a beautiful speckle on their eggs (much like their pretty, yet understated, plumage!)
Pure White: Leghorn
Few non-commercial chooks rivals the leghorn for laying prowess, and this alone is plenty enough reason to have one or two in your flock. Plus a few pure snow-white eggs will complete your egg spectrum!