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The chickens I raised were an exotic assortment of breeds although most were Arucanas, originally from South America. Those are the ones that lay the colored eggs. My sister, who lived on a farm across the road, ordered chicks at the same time but opted to be sensible and get the commercial breed recommended for early egg production and fast development. The Arucanas started laying a full month earlier than hers and developed much faster as well. I also found them to be a very agreeable, calm and friendly flock whereas the other breeds I had and her flock were far more flighty and high strung. Their egg yokes were smaller than other eggs of the same size (ergo lower cholesterol) and people we shared them with thought they were extremely tasty and got a kick out of the pastel egg colors too!

Offered by Sue.