Red Wicket Market Farm is a small farm 25 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio, near Slate Run Metropark. Breeding Black Ameraucanas and Black Copper Marans to the Standard of Perfection, as well as some Olive Eggers just for fun.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Green Eggs!

Have you missed the green and blue eggs as much as we have? It's been two long years since we've had Easter Egger chickens on the farm--since that disastrous night when we lost 65 young birds to a pack of coyotes.

We bought a bunch of Easter Egger chicks this past April, and they're juuuust about ready to lay eggs. Easter Eggers are not a recognized breed of chicken. They are a mutt chicken that carries the blue egg gene. Because they are mutts, they have many different colors and patterns of feathers and they will lay different colors of eggs. Green eggs of many shades are most common, but they can also lay blue eggs and even pinkish or purplish eggs, although pink and purple are very rare.

We had our first green eggs in the nest box this week. Like all "pullet eggs," the first few were teeny-tiny-cute. They quickly increased in size, until I found a very nice size large egg just last night. Although we don't usually put teeny eggs in the egg cartons, I'm going to make an exception for the first green eggs in two years. Not all cartons will have them, but a couple will feature a cute little green egg. Enjoy!