This post is all about EGGS! I love gathering eggs - it's one of my favorite things about living on a farm. And for good reason! Our hens lay an amazing variety of eggs! The size and color of an egg is dependent on the hen's breed, so as you might guess by looking at the variety of eggs we get, we have quite a variety of breeds! (click photos to view a larger size)
Bottom Row Left to Right: Welsummer, Cuckoo Marans, Turken, Ameraucana Bantam, Cuckoo Marans (Double Yolker!), Silkie Bantam, Mille Fleur
The most surprising egg on the platter is the speckled olive colored egg in the top row. The hen that's laying the light olive colored eggs is Olive Oyle, a Turken/Ameraucana Bantam cross. And what's more fun is that I have entire dozen of her beautiful olive colored eggs! She just recently started laying, so this is the first full dozen I've been able to collect from her.
Olive Oyle's mother's egg is the other green egg on the platter. It's a much clearer-colored, unspeckled shell that's typical of her breed. Olive Oyle's father is a turken, and if he were a hen, his eggs would be brown. It's the genetic cross between the green gene of Olive Oyle's mother, and the brown gene of her father, that causes the olive colored shell on her eggs. It's possible that as she gets older, the color of her eggs will darken up a bit to be even MORE olive colored.
Because of this genetic result, I'm quite excited about the batch of chicks that hatched in December. Their mother lays light brown eggs. Their father is Ameraucana and carries the green egg shell gene. It will be interesting to see if any of the young hens (there are 6 of them!) lay olive colored eggs! Maybe what I need to do is cross my Ameraucana rooster (with the green shell gene) with my Cuckoo Marans hens (who lay the darkest brown shelled eggs). The results from that cross would likely be hens that lay DARK olive colored eggs! And that would be COOL!
In other egg news... I sell eggs locally. Last weekend, as a treat for Valentine's day, I delivered some to a few friends I know through the local scrap/stamp shop. I wrapped them all nice and tidy - hope they loved them!