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Find A Blue Chicken Egg? Congrats, Your Chicken Has A Virus


Science & Tech  (tags: research, science, animals, chickens, blue eggs, discovery, interesting, news )

CarrieSIC
- 436 days ago - popsci.com
Here in the U.S., our eggs mostly come in two colors: white and brown. But there are two breeds, one in Chile and one in China, that are known to lay blue eggs. Yeah, weird, right? And a new study has figured out why that happens.



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Elizabeth M. (67)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 1:03 pm
I have never run across a blue chicken egg - I probably wouldn't have eaten it anyway. I only buy free range from the Hutterite Colony.
Interesting, thank you Carrie.
 

Mary T. (316)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 1:18 pm
my co-worker has chickens that lay blue eggs, she sells them to my other co-workers, they like the green eggs too
 

Jo S. (507)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 3:15 pm
Very interesting.
Thanks for the info, Carrie.
 

Natasha Salgado (563)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 3:26 pm
I never heard of blue/green eggs before but then again i don't eat eggs...interesting. Thanks Carrie
 

CarrieSICK B. (314)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:30 pm
I have seen blue eggs, but never heard of the virus before I read this.
 

Birgit W. (150)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:03 pm
Interesting, thanks.
 

Peta Clarke (28)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:18 pm
Noted and thanks. I have seen blue eggs once.
 

Christine Boddington (0)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:30 pm
Well it is nice learn something new everyday ....although I don't think it has the same ring to it as "Duck Egg Blue" on the paint colour charts :-)
 

DaleLovesOttawa O. (192)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:37 pm
Interesting but those eggs don't look very blue, took a look online. I have to wonder why the Emu - quite the large bird that one, lays green eggs. Guess I will go and look it up.

I love eggs, but get free range eggs where the chickens spend their days outside running where they wish to - they do go into a barn at night to sleep where the coyotes, weasels and fishers won't eat them. There are other predatory wildlife waiting as well.
 

Riley Anderson (46)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 7:22 pm
thanks
 

Candy L. (479)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 11:18 pm
The chickens that lay the colored eggs are Araucana's from South America also called the Easter Egg Chicken. They lay blue green pink eggs in all shades. They are all different colors & markings & some have beards & tuffs & some don't some have (Punk Rocker) Looking Mop Tops I raised them for years, & had well over a 100 Here's photos of what they look like http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=ytff1-tyc&va=araucana+chickens
 

Monica T. (294)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 12:26 am
What...!?!?!
The free-range eggs sold in my city all have bluish color in their shells, and I have been eating the bluish eggs for quite a while now. I sure hope they aren't laden with virus!

Thanks for posting, Carrie!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 12:43 am
Something to be aware of, although I've never seen a blue egg.
 

Patricia N. (8)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 1:39 am
Lots of interesting info from people commenting. I never knew chickens laid different colored eggs. I love to learn something new each day. Thanks for posting and thanks to people who commented.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 2:18 am
good to know
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 5:20 am
Thanks.
 

(0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 5:48 am
Very interesting! Here in the UK we have Cotswold Legbar:
Our Hens
The Cotswold Legbar was developed by Philip Lee-Woolf at Broadway 25 years ago when blue eggs in UK shops were a great novelty, so it's no wonder that this little hen from the Cotswolds, took the market by storm. The famous pastel coloured eggs, sold under Clarence Court label, are available in many top London stores, and our not hybrid eggs, and are used by most of our top chefs, including Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein, Mark Hicks and many others.

Thanks for posting Carrie.
 

Debbie S. (33)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 10:19 am
Interesting, I've never heard of this before. I know different kinds of chickens lay different colors of eggs though.
 

Aileen P. (34)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 11:28 am
Thank you for sharing.
 

Joy McR (137)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 12:26 pm
Never heard of a blue egg, thank you for sharing with us.. noted
 

Kenneth Davies (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 12:36 pm
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 12:54 pm
Unless you own Araucanas, which lay blue-green eggs naturally.
 

Winn Adams (199)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 1:25 pm
Thanks
 

Roger Garin-michaud (105)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 2:20 pm
noted, thanks
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 3:44 pm
These eggs are not unusual in the United States. The chickens have been raised here for years and their eggs are available.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Monday September 16, 2013, 4:38 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Yvonne Taylor (41)
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:54 am
Hmm, at one time I had a lot of "wild" chickens, they laid three colors of eggs, brown, blue and green. No virus there and I did not live in Chile or China.
 

Yvonne Taylor (41)
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:57 am
A question as well, if this is so, then this would spread to all chickens, not just a specific breed. I highly question this whole article.
 

Angeles Madrazo (292)
Monday September 16, 2013, 4:13 pm
Interesting! Thank you!
 

Bob P. (425)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 5:46 am
Thanks Carrie
 

Melania Padilla (180)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 9:54 am
Thanks
 
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