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my columbine is called Curie after Madame curie cos I hoped she would give me a green/blue egg (geddit?) :wink:

 

But her much awaited egg this week was a stoney/grey/sage colour. It looks like it could come straight off the farrow and ball counter! No sign of the egg changing colour as we have had identical ones for three days in a row.

 

Curie is a gorgeous looking ginger bird but she cost £25 as apremium because columbines have a 80% chance of laying blue eggs. Feeling slightly miffed :eh: has anyone got a columbine that does produce blue eggs? Is it worth another go or should I just cough up for the delicate auracanna? Just worried it would get beaten up by my tough hybrids.

 

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I think 'blue' eggs can encompass a whole range of shades of blue and sage/olivey green. Your stone/sage would be classed as within that 80%. The 20% of columbines that don't lay blue/green eggs lay cream, white or beige.

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I have a Surrey Girl Skyline and she lays blue eggs. Hope that helps. She is very lovey and is my posh girl. if any of the chickens are unwell, she looks after them, bless her little cotton socks.

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Re: Araucanas; I've had them and they were the hardiest of the bunch - not delicate at all. Their eggs were a beautiful pale blue. :D

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My Columbine hen is one of the 20%. She lays white eggs. Too late to ask for money back as she is rather cute and an egg is an egg after all.

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I have an araucana that lays (or did when it bothered to lay) cream eggs - so it seems there's never any guarantee!

I was actually looking for a columbine when I got her, but a lot of breeders said they had stopped breeding columbines for the very reason you describe - people were disappointed when the eggs weren't as expected (and many were demanding their money back)

My araucana lives with 7 hybrids. She's pretty much at the bottom of the pecking order, but moves so quickly (and loudly!) that she doesn't seem to get bullied at all

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I have 2 columbines one lays a bluey green egg the other lays a greeney blue egg (trust me there is a difference).

Truly beautiful eggs but they colour does fade as they get nearer to going out of lay for winter.

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If you fancy blue eggs you could try a cream crested leg bar - my Connie is a trooper and lays more than my other 2 and her eggs are really pretty.... They are meant to be flighty but she quite likes a cuddle and her pom pom hair is adorable!

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Good egg, they do sound lovely, and I see the blue eggs at sainsburys in the posh section, promising myself I must get them. But not sure if there is a breeder nearby me. Are they expensive? Do you think I could get some fertilised eggs? My broody will be bored by spring and I would love to Give her something to do.

 

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There's someone on here that sells fertilised CCL eggs.... She also does Maran eggs which I lust over.... Oh no, I've just googled the website and she has stopped :cry:

 

You should be able to get hatching eggs ok, but I would see if anyone else recommends a breeder, always worry about unreputable eggs or not pure breed etc... I got Connie at 6weeks with the other 3 - was a replacement for a previous girl that died so don't know exact price - sorry....

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I think my columbines were around £20 each, bught at POL and they laid after around a month.

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Good egg, they do sound lovely, and I see the blue eggs at sainsburys in the posh section, promising myself I must get them. But not sure if there is a breeder nearby me. Are they expensive? Do you think I could get some fertilised eggs? My broody will be bored by spring and I would love to Give her something to do.

 

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Hi,

 

Never seen blue eggs in shop before. But you gave me an idea... Some of those might be fertile. (It looks like my araucana cockerel won't recover from fox attack and OH won't allow me to spend too much on chickens... Might have just found a way around it) :-))

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there's a fairly low chance that the eggs in the shops are fertile as commercial flocks don't as a rule have cockerels in them

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> there's a fairly low chance that the eggs in the shops are fertile as commercial

> flocks don't as a rule have cockerels in them

 

I've read of quite a few cases. :-) Worth a try I think.

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We have 80 Columbines/Heritage Skylines and colours vary from a fabulous light blue to dark green. Apparently a single cross with an Araucana will produce light blue/turquoise egg as desired but further crossing muddies the Araucana gene so the colours get darker and more green as the breed is more and more mongrelised. I guess it keeps the cost of breeding down while the price of hens very high for a more and more diluted version of the Araucana gene! Caveat Emptor!

 

We only get about 60% from them (as opposed to 85-90% egg laying from our other hybrid breeds) of which probably 50% are the pure blue we really expected, a couple of creamy white then the rest ranging from light green through to dark, dirty green. Poached or scrambled of course makes the shell colour irrelevant!

 

In our experience they are a far more hardy breed however and they are supposed to lay for a great deal longer.. But our jury is still out on that as we have only recently bitten the bullet for a more expensive breed.

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I had sage eggs from my Columbine - I seem to remember the colour brightened up a little after she'd been laying a while.

 

Same here! My girl's first few eggs were a little dull but suddenly became brighter and the blue tint came through more - I also love the shape and the size is really lovely :)

 

I heard that they aren't as regular laying as many hybrids but I actually find mine lays most days, I get 5 eggs a week on average.

 

I don't need to add anything about more about other colours that the Columbine lays as others have covered everything!

 

(Oh, just noticed another 'Mrs B' replying to the thread...that confused me a bit :lol:)

 

Edit: My Columbine's eggs are a mix between blue and green but more on the blue side!

 

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I have 2 columbines they lay blueish eggs il take a photo, they vary sometimes they seem greener, one of them went white lastyear, they are very pretty I even like all the shades of beige.

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Heres my eggs sometimes can be more blue, they are powdery blue, still pretty and big yolks compared to otheres.

 

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