Originally Posted by enola
I know that, but that doesn't change the fact that the egg is green. From a breed that is advertised to lay blue eggs. Any way you look at it, green eggs from a breed that is supposed to lay blue eggs is very disappointing, to say the least.
I suppose you could accuse me of being pendantic, but really we are both right, we just had a different interpretation of your original statement. The question I was responding to was about whether CCL's had 1 or 2 blue alleles, and genetically, they are homozygous blue. For the genetic related question about whether a CCL is as good as an Ameraucana for making a green or olive egger, I think we can agree that they are. A green egg layer is the same (or maybe even better) for making olive eggers than a blue egg layer - subject to the same caveat about them being homozygous for blue if you want to be certain all the offspring will lay green eggs.
Personally, I'm with you that blue is better looking than green, but @Chaos18's son wants green eggs (to go with the green ham, I presume). I don't personally care for the color of olive eggs either, but I don't object to a few in the flock "for variety". That has been a theme with my customers this year. Almost everyone wanted multiple breeds where the hens will look different and the will lay different colored eggs. The Olive Eggers were a big hit for that reason. I think having some that are "mint green" will be a big selling point too. I have had customers that want 1 or 2 of each color egg, so why not produce every shade possible? I aim to please my customers, and variety is a crowd pleaser.
Of course there are the "purists", like you and I, who want a consistent bright blue egg. I really like Ams for that, but then I really like Ams in general, good disposition for a penned up layer, cute facial adornments, pea comb that is impervious to frostbite, and reliable layers of bright blue eggs if you have a good strain. I have gotten a lot more excited about CCL's and the Reese line looks really neat, I hope they lay blue eggs really well, if so they will become one of my favorites.
It may not be obvious in this discussion, but it is easy to make a green egg layer from a blue one, but very hard to get the blue separated back out from a green egg layer, making the strains that produce really blue eggs extra desirable for their genetics, and the occurrence of a green egg in a strain that is supposed to lay blue eggs is disappointing indeed. I am getting 1 green egg from my flock of young CCL's. I will not be hatching those to sell as CCL's, but if I could ID which pullet it is, she would be ideal for making sex-linked olive eggers, I could just move her to my Welsummer or BCM flock and any green eggs will hatch into OE's.