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Ok - I haven't raised chickens since the 70's.  I had Barred Rocks before and they all produced nice light brown to medium brown eggs.  So I figured that it would be nice to have that breed again after we built our chicken house this Summer.  I been patiently waiting for our first eggs to arrive (since they were all April hatchings). Yesterday lo and behold we found 3 eggs 2 light brown and the other blue.  Today there was 2 light and 2 medium brown.  Where did the blue egg come from?  Was there possibly an Ameraucana in the mix before the chicks were hatched? I am perplexed to say the least . . . . . . . Below is a picture of the color differences of the eggs and of our flock.  Meet Gomer and the girls are LeVergne & Shirley, Lucy & Ethel. 


Edited by Becca51 - 10/5/15 at 9:34am
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That really looks like an Olive Egger egg - where did you get your birds from?  If from a private breeder, what kinds of birds to they keep?

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Got them from a lady and I do not remember her name.she said they were purebreds but I'm not sure. All eggs today we're light brown. Could this be just a fluke and may never happen again?
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It's a beautiful egg. Nice size too..let us know if you get more.
If I had to guess at what happened. .maybe she crossed a cuckoo maran with a blue egg layer? Made a olive Eggers and some how it got into her barred rock pen?
Maybe someone more experienced can answer..
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That you for your help. May never find out. . . . . .
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That you for your help. May never find out. . . . . .

We're you hoping to breed them as purebred stock?
Likely the rest of your stock is.
Maybe she crossed a cuckoo maran that has baring with a creme legbar also barring. . Made olive eggers.. alot breeders let the run together in winter and in breeding season the seperate and wait a month. Possibly a olive Eggers bred one of her barred rock hens. Even though it was a fluke one got thru.
Likely when she set her eggs in incubator, or sent them to you they were brown.. but that fluke ended up looking like a barred rock but her daddy was a barred olive egger.

Likely the rest you got is ok. Just cull the olive egger.
That's just my inexperienced guess. . Maybe a breeder will chime in
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Thanks Rod-T. You may be right but I still have a question. I only got a blue/green yesterday . . . their first day of laying. Why didn't I get one today? Today's eggs were all brown.
Becca51
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She might not be laying steady yet
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