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post #9751 of 10556
Newbie question that may sound stupid. We hatched a barnyard mix for our first flock and all the eggs we hatched were tan, some a little lighter and some a little darker, but tan, not dark. We have no clear idea of what the parents were. Most were supposed to be RIR and BR, but its clear we got all kinds of birds, 4 cochins too. Is it possible to have gotten an olive egger in the bunch? We get tan eggs from most of the chickens, but one chicken lays more or less olive, maybe gray colored eggs. Just trying to figure out if she's healthy, needs a different diet or is this just what she lays. Like I said we are new to having a flock of laying hens. Only raised chickens when I was little for meat. This was her on the left when she was about 10 weeks old. Sorry I don't have a better picture. She's very docile, talks to me constantly. Love her to pieces, just wondering what she might be.

  


This is her when she was hatched.


Edited by squirtsmomma - 2/21/16 at 9:22am
We share our home with one old dog(indoor), a couple stray cats outdoor (not ours), a few RIR including one roo named Rocky that patrols the property and keeps the cats honest, one BR roo, some bantam cochins, a couple EE and new to the flock is our 10 week old black australorp pullets.
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We share our home with one old dog(indoor), a couple stray cats outdoor (not ours), a few RIR including one roo named Rocky that patrols the property and keeps the cats honest, one BR roo, some bantam cochins, a couple EE and new to the flock is our 10 week old black australorp pullets.
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post #9752 of 10556
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There is a thread specifically for Cream Legbar mixes or hybrids as some call them. Check it out, people have done many different crosses and posted many pics. The variation depending on the cross can be quite different. Do you know what breeds the chicks parents were? I have a legbar cross that is black barred and she is a pullet that lays blue eggs.

Here is the link if you want to take a look http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/825092/cream-legbar-hybrid-thread
Thanks will check out
My roo is a mix of my own, F1 was orp roo over ameracauna hen, F2 (current roo) F1 roo over black giant hen
post #9753 of 10556
I 'discovered' a secret olive egger today. I found a weird semi hard shell egg yesterday. It was olive. I assumed maybe being a first egg, something wasn't working right yet. After closely examing my hens today, I found one of my Black Copper Marans pullets had a suspicious looking comb. She had always had really sparse leg feathering. Her comb was smaller, I just assumed again that she was a late bloomer and would grow into it. She definitely has a weird comb in the middle of a pea and a single. Just one row of bumps like a small single comb. Any thoughts?

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I 'discovered' a secret olive egger today. I found a weird semi hard shell egg yesterday. It was olive. I assumed maybe being a first egg, something wasn't working right yet. After closely examing my hens today, I found one of my Black Copper Marans pullets had a suspicious looking comb. She had always had really sparse leg feathering. Her comb was smaller, I just assumed again that she was a late bloomer and would grow into it. She definitely has a weird comb in the middle of a pea and a single. Just one row of bumps like a small single comb. Any thoughts?

 

Small straight comb, could be modified pea.

Looks like she has a bit of a beard too maybe?

BCM do not always have feathered legs tho.

Where did birds come from?

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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post #9755 of 10556
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Small straight comb, could be modified pea.
Looks like she has a bit of a beard too maybe?
BCM do not always have feathered legs tho.
Where did birds come from?

Got her with a group on bcms from a local breeder. She did have a few olive eggers and id them by their leg feathering. The pure bcms from this breeder have leg feathering.
post #9756 of 10556
Ive got a group of olive eggers that are 2 months old. One is already starting to crow. I wouldn't have believed it, if I wasn't just watching it right now.

They are skittish, so its hard to get a closeup good pic. The first is of him crowing, the second is of the group with him standing tall in the back.



Edited by morbius18 - 2/20/16 at 7:41am
post #9757 of 10556
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Small straight comb, could be modified pea.
Looks like she has a bit of a beard too maybe?
BCM do not always have feathered legs tho.
Where did birds come from?

Got her with a group on bcms from a local breeder. She did have a few olive eggers and id them by their leg feathering. The pure bcms from this breeder have leg feathering.

Well, there's some pretty good clues that you have an OE......

....time will tell once she gets the egg machine tuned up and cranking.

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."

Reply

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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post #9758 of 10556
I had a accidental cross last year a black giant roo with 2 EE hens and gave them to my aunt some of the offspring lay olive eggs a dark color I got some EEs today just a couple days old I want to cross them to a brown egg layer to get some for my self to see how they do with the egg laying
post #9759 of 10556

My OE's hatchlings that are laying now have very shades of green and one is darker than hers.

post #9760 of 10556
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Well, there's some pretty good clues that you have an OE......
....time will tell once she gets the egg machine tuned up and cranking.

So I contacted the lady. She was breeding olive eggers and black copper marans. They were identified by the lack of leg feathering, since their combs resembled a modified pea. Hers all possess wattles and no beards/muffs. She would be an F2 olive egger. The lady offered to buy her back or trade for a bcm. I told her that I was happy that I ended up with one and solved the mystery.

This is her second egg next to my easter egger, bcm and buff orpington egg.

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