The Whiting True Blue has been gaining popularity in recent years because of its ability to lay only blue eggs. Hens of this breed are excellent layers and are unlikely to become broody.
They breed true for egg color and will lay nearly one striking blue egg per day!
Whiting True Blue Chicken Breed Quick Info
Whiting True Blue Chicken Description
|Whiting True Blue Type/Size:||Hybrid|
|Feather Color:||Varies, usually blueish-grey|
|Whiting True Blue Ease of Raising/Keeping:||Easy|
|Whiting True Blue Special Care Needs:||No|
|Is the Whiting True Blue breed a common, rare, or protected breed of chicken?||Common|
Whiting True Blue Use
|Whiting True Blue Temperament:||Active|
|Whiting True Blue Ability/Likelihood to Free Range:||Yes|
Whiting True Blue Egg Production
|Estimated Number of Eggs Per Year||300|
|Likeliness to Brood Eggs/Raise Chicks||Low|
Whiting True Blue Meat Production
|Dressed Weight Male||N/A|
|Dressed Weight Female||N/A|
Whiting True Blue Climate Tolerance
Whiting True Blue Age to Maturity
|Number of Months to Reach Full Size||5 Months|
|Number of Months to Start Egg Laying||5 Months|
|Number of Weeks/Months to Reach Meat Harvest Size||N/A|
Whiting True Blue Size at Maturity
|Female||5 ½ lbs.|
Origins of the Whiting True Blue Chicken
The Whiting True Blue chicken is a fairly new breed that was developed by geneticist Dr. Tom Whiting. He crossbred Ameraucanas with commercial White Leghorns for over a decade in order to achieve the end result of the Whiting True Blue.
He chose to breed the brightest blue egg layers in hopes of creating an excellent layer of blue eggs. He certainly achieved this, and he also retained the high laying rate of the Leghorn parentage.
Some Things to Know About the Whiting True Blue Chicken
The Whiting True Blue is not just unique because of its bright blue eggs. The color of its plumage is also unique to each bird. The pattern of the feathers and the color of the legs also vary depending on the individual chicken. Most often, though, it is a blueish-grey color.
Other colors include blue wheaten, blue red, lemon blue, and silver blue. The pattern of their feathers can include solid blue, black, or black-breasted red.
You can find Whiting True Blues with a pea comb instead of the traditional single comb. They may or may not have a beard.
How Easy is it to Keep Whiting True Blue Chickens?
The Whiting True Blue chicken breed is an excellent free-range bird. They excel at foraging and finding tasty treats for themselves outdoors. They do best when they are allowed to run free in a run or fenced pasture.
They have a good temperament but are not tamed easily. This means that they are not the best option for a pet or show chicken. However, they are not aggressive. On the contrary, they are happy, active chickens when taken care of properly.
They make a moderate amount of noise, so they may not be the best choice for your flock if you live close to other houses.
They are a hardy breed, especially in the heat.
Special Care and Considerations for Whiting True Blue Chickens
Since this breed has a pea comb, frostbite is not generally an issue you need to worry about.
The Whiting True Blue is a healthy, hardy breed that is not prone to many health issues.