WEST KNOLL FARM
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There are many different breeds that lay colored eggs. On this page I will show photos and provide links for more information on the breeds.
Please note: All birds shown on this page I either own or have owned in the past. I have raised all of these breeds.
Ameraucanas are a breed that is pure. You can only breed certain colors so they can be shown in American Poultry Association shows. They do come in bantams.
These birds have tails, beards under the beak on the throat and muffs on the side of their faces. They have a pea comb.
They do not have feathered legs, they are not tailless, they do not have straight combs and they are not clean faced. As I mentioned before, they do come in certain colors approved by the APA but new colors are being worked on all the time to be added.
To learn more about this beautiful breed that should lay blue eggs you can visit their website.  www.ameraucana.org
In contrast, the Araucanas are a pure breed that is rumpless, tailless and have tufts on the sides of their faces, instead of muffs, to be shown in APA or ABA shows since there is also a bantam in their breed. However, there are many clean faced birds in this breed because of the lethal gene involved in breeding two tufted birds. A lot of breeders also introduce tailed birds into their breeding flocks. This breed is more rare as they are a difficult breed to raise and perfect. They are good flyers and love high roosts. Due to breeders bringing in tailed birds to help improve fertility the eggs are often a green shade but the true blue eggs will come from this breed.

To learn more about this amazing and beautiful breed you can visit their website. www.araucana.net
This hen's tufts are small but there none the less.
With this roo that I hatched and raised, you can see the nice tufts on his head. The leg color is wrong for showing but he is rumpless as is the pullet. Notice also the pea comb which is correct for this breed.
Olive Eggers are a great colored egg layer. This is not a breed accepted by the APA or the ABA  but instead is a mix breed for the beautiful egg colors. Shades range from light green to a very dark green. The birds themselves can show all types of characteristics and are not breeding true yet.
To get my Olive Eggers I am breeding Marans to Ameraucanas. At this time I have only first generation birds and have not moved on to the second since I have so many of the other breeds to work with and not as many pens as I would need.
I hope I have helped everyone to understand some of the differences of these breeds.
Differences in breeds that lay blue and green eggs.