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Americanas and Oliver questionssss....?

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I bought a few americana chicks from a local chicken farmer that own a quite large chicken breeding facility that contracts out eggs and birds to his clients... pretty legit... they are certified and livensed for everything...

Questions is... he said these americanas i have, have been bred for generations to only lay good blue eggs... not to say i wont ever get a green egg, but he said they should be far and few between...

We will find out when they got old enough to lay... but question is - is this the type americana i would want to cross with a copper maran to try to get olive eggers?? Or do i need a green egg laying americana to cross?


Second question... how do you go about darkening that olive egg? Cross the oliver with the maran?


Third question: once i get an oliver layong the olive color i want... just only breed those olivers from then on?
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Any blue or green egg layer can produce olive eggers.

 

Use the darkest brown egg layers to get darker eggs - Marans, Penedesencas

 

To reliably reproduce the color you want you would have to repeat the same breeding.  Breeding olive egger offspring would not nescessarily provide you with the same color.  When you cross breed you produce hybrids (or mutts), which do not breed true.

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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there's a huge Olive egger thread about different crosses, and back crossing to darken the shade. I think the gist is...

 

for your Olive egger, you want blue x dark brown. Doesn't really matter what the breed is, if you have those two egg color genes. Doesn't matter which parent is which.

 

That F1 generation should lay olive eggs. they will have one blue gene and one dark brown gene. Crossing them back to a dark brown egger may darken the olive, or you'll also get a percentage that are pure dark eggers (I think 25%).

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Originally Posted by donrae View Post

there's a huge Olive egger thread about different crosses, and back crossing to darken the shade. I think the gist is...

for your Olive egger, you want blue x dark brown. Doesn't really matter what the breed is, if you have those two egg color genes. Doesn't matter which parent is which.

That F1 generation should lay olive eggs. they will have one blue gene and one dark brown gene. Crossing them back to a dark brown egger may darken the olive, or you'll also get a percentage that are pure dark eggers (I think 25%).


Perfect... easy enough... thats what i need to know for sure...

I was reading that thread but i get lost in all the mumbo jumbo and dont have patcients to find exact stuff to answer my question... easier to start a thread and just ask..
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