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Adventures in Backyard Farming: The Beauty of Backyard Eggs


We have two beautiful chickens in our tiny backyard: Shauna, the Ameraucana, and Ruby, the Rhode Island Red. They’re over a year old now, and have been living quite happily in their coop in the backyard since late last Spring. Ruby lays lovely, caramel-colored eggs, and Shauna, who should lay beautiful, light blue eggs with a touch of green, lays greenish eggs that are a color somewhere between army and olive. They’ve started making lots of noise as soon as the sun comes up every morning, so my husband has been jumping out of bed at 5:30 every day to open their door and let them out. They’re quieter if they can roam the yard, eating grubs out of the lawn and pecking at the vegetable seeds the girls planted Easter weekend. My husband wants to send them down to the farm with the rest of the chickens, but I–who gets to murmur “go let the chickens out” before rolling over and going back to sleep–I like them right where they are.


Lesson #9 in Backyard Farming: Araucanas and Ameraucanas lay the pretty blue/green eggs. There are lots of mutt chickens that lay pretty blue/green eggs too. They fall into the “Easter Egger” category. In addition to Rhode Island Reds, lots of other breeds lay eggs in varying shades of brown. On the farm, we have more Rhode Island Reds, and a whole bunch of Buff Orpingtons, Lavender Orpingtons, Speckled Sussex, and Partridge Rocks. And we have one lone, white egg-laying Leghorn.


15 thoughts on “Adventures in Backyard Farming: The Beauty of Backyard Eggs

  1. I love those eggs! My neighbor has 3 little chickens in her backyard (yes here in San Diego). They are so cute and sweet and lay the cutest little eggs. I want some…but I think Lucy would like them a little tooooo much šŸ™‚

  2. Our 5 finally started laying again, almost a dozen eggs every two days is really nice šŸ™‚ And the kids love playing with the chickens. Wish they didn’t poop so much though :/ Glad you got your HOA to let you keep a couple, they are so soothing to watch šŸ™‚

  3. Love the tips and story. My brother had chickens not too long ago and they were not only great fun, yet yielded tasty eggs. Now to encourage my parents to house them on the island…instant eggs for all! {A}

  4. You told me the green eggs were ugly but my dear they are not. Those colours are absolutely gorgeous! You’re making me want chickens right now, but we’ll wait until we own rather than rent.

    1. Hi Tan. I cheated a little and picked the prettiest of the blue-green eggs from the chickens down on the farm for the photos. Trust me, Shauna’s eggs are not a pretty color!

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