When we first thought about getting chickens, I knew I wanted Ameraucanas because of their colored eggs. I’ve now learned that the chicks our farm supply store sells as Ameraucanas are really “Easter Eggers”, earning their name because of their colored eggs. Since I wanted chickens that lay colored eggs, I don’t really care what you call them. My Red Stars have been laying for almost a month now and I consistently get 5 or 6 eggs a day from the 6 Red Stars. That’s what they’re known for — friendly chickens and great layers. But what about those Ameraucanas? They either weren’t laying or they were laying brown eggs and my Red Stars weren’t actually laying an egg a day. I suspected that the Ameraucanas weren’t laying.
Earlier this week, I did some research and was getting real tempted to make a big pot of gumbo out of those 4 Ameraucanas. I read that some people’s Ameraucanas took a year before they started laying. Surely not! Seems like most people were getting their first Ameraucana/Easter Egger eggs between 35 and 40 weeks. Mine are now 22 weeks old. The bad thing was that getting them was my idea and I knew Vince was going to give me a hard time about choosing a breed that was so slow to lay.
But, everything was made right today. See the egg in the middle? Click on the picture and you’ll see that it’s a beautiful shade of blue green. You can see that it’s much smaller than my brown eggs. The first eggs are always small. But, what matters is that my Ameraucanas or Easter Eggers are starting to lay. I do not have to make gumbo or put them on the smoker. I’m so happy!