Originally Posted by zooweemama
Oh no the heck way! How cool is THAT??? So I would need to find some who is selling a pea combed breed or a cream leghorn if I understand right? Then breed that pullet/hen to my BC Marans? The those offspring will give me a hopefully rich green colored egg?
Have a look at the olive egger thread. It gives you an idea of what to expect in the first crosses, i THINK its about 25/25/50. Someone here said blue egg was dominant, but I remember 25/50/25 in my head ( i haven't reread to double check)
AS for being able to tell the chicks from your purebreds... they look VERY alike. If they don't have green legs, a pea comb or a muff I cant tell at all. When I had wellies and marans crosses you could tell immediately who was mixed and who was pure. But all Speedys chicks ( including the mutant marans/showgirl with white skin, 5 toes and a full nekkid neck) are all Marans coloring, no change from the mother. I need to do a comb study and see who has pea combs and who has green legs so I can see who to expect to have what colored eggs. explaining the % changes to people over craigslist seemed to freak them out just a wee bit, lol.
I should post some pics of these guys, they are all in the chickasuarus stage that's always amusing.
One thing I have noticed about my baby marans, is some of the girls get combs, but usually not wattles. If you are all big red wattles you may have all roosters.
I had 2 all rooster hatches myself, took a third to get 2 girls, lol.
Edited by chiqita - 7/4/12 at 4:21pm