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Olive Egger


Pros: Good Winter Layer, lays a medium to large egg, friendly and sweet.

Cons: Some uncertainty of what you will get with your cross.

I have been breeding my own version of these birds by crossing both Silver Laced Wyandottes and Black Australorp Roos with my Wheaten EE hens.  I end up with these gorgeous blue birds or blue laced white birds.  They are so pretty.  I even ended up with a rumpless roo during one cross.  My EEs lay a light green egg.  My Olive Eggers lay a really pretty Khaki green egg, not as dark as some I have seen, but still pretty.  


Pros: Egg color, friendly, good foragers, beautiful bird colors

Cons: None

I have been breeding my Lavender Ameracuana chickens with a French Black Copper Marans rooster. The chicks are absolutely gorgeous. Super friendly, curious, good foragers, and seem to be maturing rather quickly. I do not have any at point of lay yet, but it will be very soon. Can't wait!!

If I could give these more than 5 stars I would!!


Pros: really cool colored eggs, not a cookie cutter breed

Cons: can't think of any

If you're looking for a colorful egg basket, you have to add some olive eggers. Since these birds are defined by their egg color, they aren't a breed per se, but are the result of breeding a dark egg layer with a blue egg layer. Many combinations can be used so the resulting olive eggers can have various types and personalities. For mine, I used a cream legbar rooster and various marans and welsumer hens. The progeny lay from a deep minty green to a beautiful true dark olive.
Interestingly, the mothers of my OE's all started laying between almost six months to over eight months and the daughters (Perhaps because of the legbar influence) were all laying before five months.
I do think the welsumer crosses can be sexed at hatch, just like the purebred welsumer mothers, but unfortunately I wasn't paying a lot of attention to this. I want to hatch more next year and will definitely pay more attention to see if this holds true. if it does, the welsumer cross might have an advantage over the crosses where marans were used.
I also want to try creating some using EEs. So many possibilities, so many colors.


olive eggers are an unushual breed; they lay olive green eggs and are small copaired to other chicken breeds they also have striped fethers


Pros: - Friendly, very smart, pretty, and rare.

Cons: -flighty, don't like going in the coop at night and one isn't friendly with me.

I got three olive eggers in the spring, not knowing much about the breed. They haven't started laying yet, so I can't say anything about their egg production, but they are very sweet. One of mine bonded with me and now she follows me around and will sit in my lap. The other two, one who's a frizzle are sweet once caught but they are hard to catch. The main problem I have with them is at night they refuse to go in the coop and go to a high place instead, and sometimes they even get on the roof of our house. But otherwise, they are great and I recommend them!


Pros: Super friendly, Pretty, (assuming) Pretty eggs

Cons: Slow to POL

My first and only Olive Egger, Olive, sadly died before she could lay any eggs. So I can't write too much of a review... She was super friendly, and beautiful. I hope to get another very soon.


Pros: She is gorgeous and a wonderful forager

Cons: she is far and away my most fearful girl.

I purchased a beautiful CP over CL cross from Deanne at Just Struttin farms.  She is a superb forager and a sweet gentle natured bird when it comes to her getting along in the flock.   I chose her because they are feather sexable at hatch and I wanted a pullet and because I wanted to add the olive egg color to my basket.   I have lap chickens and she is NOT one of them.  She has been terrified since day one and no amount of water melon, meal worms, canned corn or BOSS will help her to like me.   It is a little disappointing but that is OK.  She is not at POL yet but I am looking forward to finding that first green egg.  I will update this when she is laying regularly.


ETA...Willa lays a large-ex large mottled Olive Green egg about 5 days a week.   She has become much more at ease around me and will eat out of my hand but the Penedesenca in her keeps her from being a lap chicken.  that's OK she is a relaible and beautiful girl and I am happy that she no longer acts like I will twist off her head when I enter the coop.  Her comb is huge and flops over to the right which I think may mess with her vision a bit.  But she is happy.  Her whole coop is very genial and I would say that she is near the top of the pecking order.  Just Struttin Farms has great birds.  I recommend this hybrid and that breeder!

Olive Egger

Olive Egger chickens are produced from a crossing of breeds. Like Easter Eggers, crossing a blue egg layer or chicken carrying a blue egg gene (i.e., Ameraucana, Araucana) to a dark brown layer/gene carrier (i.e., Marans, Welsummer), you will get a layer of olive colored eggs. Breeding results can vary depending on what types of breeds are used and if they are pure. Olive Egger chickens will vary greatly in appearance, body type, etc., and are not an official breed with a set of standards. However, they are becoming quite popular with breeders and backyard enthusiasts as a way to diversify egg colors in your egg basket. There is a thread here on BYC dedicated to Olive Eggers:

Breed PurposeEgg Layer
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg Colorolive to khaki
Breed Temperamentvaries
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Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

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