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I believe with the legbar you'll get more blue eggs and if you go with a Maran you'll end up with darker eggs


X2.With the CL you'll get more of a green egg while the Marans should give you a dark olive.  I did a similar breeding a year ago and some of the OE's with welsummer mothers lay speckled olive eggs.  Unfortunately I have only roosters with the blue egg gene to go to.  I'm thinking about getting a BCM rooster but really don't need another rooster.  And the little devil on my shoulder says, "But you could breed him to all your blue egg layers....."

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@southernhusky

Here are some eggs that my Marans/Ameraucana crosses are laying now. They range quite a bit from light green to olive and the only way to now for sure who laid the egg was to watch the chicken push it out LOL. I have an easter egger that lays the exact same shade of green as some of my half Marans girls. It's crazy, but it all depends on how many and which of the 13 brown egg genes they get from their Marans parent. A hint.... if you want a more intense olive color layer, cross one of the half breed chicks back to Marans (it can be the chick's parent) and about half of the chicks should give you that awesome olive green shade.




I love theses!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by cmccullough1390 View Post


I believe with the legbar you'll get more blue eggs and if you go with a Maran you'll end up with darker eggs


X2.With the CL you'll get more of a green egg while the Marans should give you a dark olive.  I did a similar breeding a year ago and some of the OE's with welsummer mothers lay speckled olive eggs.  Unfortunately I have only roosters with the blue egg gene to go to.  I'm thinking about getting a BCM rooster but really don't need another rooster.  And the little devil on my shoulder says, "But you could breed him to all your blue egg layers....."


Glad this question was asked - I currently have a Lavender Ameraucana rooster in with Blue and Black Copper Marans pullets, Cream Legbar pullets, and an Olive egger pullet laying a VERY nice olive egg. I also have a Splash Copper Marans rooster who is currently a "bachelor". My brain hurts thinking of all the options... 

 

They is Arbequina (photo is when she was 16 weeks - she started laying at 21 weeks), my pretty little olive egger girl who lays lovely olive-colored eggs. I got her from Eight Acres - cross of wheaten ameraucana and marans, with a second generation cross with dark layer, I think.

 

 


- Ant Farm 

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@Fire Ant Farm
LOVE the last photo of your colorful egg collection. Sounds like you'll also be having a lovely collection of chicks in the spring. Thanks for sharing. (Even if it did cause a case of "oh, I want some!")
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Almost 2 year old came back into lay after molt...before solstice....may not start supplemental lighting after all, just to see what happens.

I suspected but got proof today, hot one right off the presses!!

Wonders if it has anything to do with the fact that she was hatched by a broody in a frigid early February 2015?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Almost 2 year old came back into lay after molt...before solstice....may not start supplemental lighting after all, just to see what happens.
I suspected but got proof today, hot one right off the presses!!
Wonders if it has anything to do with the fact that she was hatched by a broody in a frigid early February 2015?


Nice! Of my two OEs, one has been laying fairly consistently most days. The 2nd one molted a bit later and is still on strike. It's been cold here, but no snow on the ground like you. BRRRRRR!
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My Olive Egger started laying around Thanksgiving and she's been keeping up on laying eggs pretty good.
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@Fire Ant Farm
LOVE the last photo of your colorful egg collection. Sounds like you'll also be having a lovely collection of chicks in the spring. Thanks for sharing. (Even if it did cause a case of "oh, I want some!")

Thanks! Alas, all the blue egg layers are on strike at the moment, so I don't have the variety as much any more, but the OE and marans pullets are back to laying like champs!

 

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Almost 2 year old came back into lay after molt...before solstice....may not start supplemental lighting after all, just to see what happens.

I suspected but got proof today, hot one right off the presses!!

Wonders if it has anything to do with the fact that she was hatched by a broody in a frigid early February 2015?

Wow! My OE lays smaller eggs, though she went into lay early and has laid very well and consistently (except for a break when she got fowl pox). I'm hoping these traits carry on through maturity as well...

 

- Ant Farm 

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Another Baelfire egg they're so beautiful

A mix off eggs from our OE Baelfire our EE Sansa Our Black Australorp Midnight our Quail and D'uccle mix Scarlet
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Hey Olive Egger people! I want to try and breed some this spring. I'm looking for that really pretty dark olive color. I want a black copper maran rooster but what's the best hen to use to create the olive egger?
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