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Their Chickens Produce Naturally Colored Eggs
Why color eggs for Easter when Mother Nature can do it better? “Easter Egger” hens produce blue, green and brownish pink eggs. “French Copper Marans” produce chocolate-colored eggs. Ameracaunas and Cream Legbars lay blue eggs; and Olive Eggers make green and sometimes purplish eggs.
    “People like getting odd egg colors,” says Jeff Smith, Cackle Hatchery, which specializes in rare breeds. “We’ve had Easter Eggers for a long time as well as other breeds that were becoming rare. This year we offered a Rainbow Special with about every egg color nature can produce.”
    Smith knows about specialty poultry breeds. When small hatcheries that were once common in nearly every community started going out of business in the 1960’s, his grandfather and Smith’s dad started looking into rare breeds.
    Whether looking for a rainbow of egg colors or more conventional breeds of meat birds and egg layers, Cackle Hatchery likely has them all. Customers can choose from fertile eggs, day-old chicks, and even full-grown birds. Eggs start at $3.76 each, while adult birds start at $66 for a pullet and range to $3,850 for a Black Swan. Chicks run from $1.95 for white egg layers to $2.20 for an Easter Egger or $49.00 for a rare Ayam Cemani. The rare bird is black from its feathers to its meat and bones. However, its eggs are cream colored.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Cackle Hatchery, P.O. Box 529,
Lebanon, Mo. 65536 (ph 417 532-4581; cacklehatchery@cacklehatchery.com; www.cacklehatchery.com).

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