Hi all my wife and I are in Cloverdale, In west of Indianapolis we have a flock of 18 (10 3 month old chicks 5 new jersey giants and 5 americanas) we also have 25 weisumer and 25 black copper meran chicks coming on Friday Im looking forward to growing my flock and supplying the local area with the super dark chocolate eggs i would like to find some olive eggers too. we have a 200 square foot coup that I just built to replace the 50 year old rat infested one. our goal is to be completely self sufficient. We would like to have hogs and goats as well.
Well, you've come to the right place
I think I have one BCM pullet, a bunch of Ameraucana mixes (Sumatra, Marans) and EEs (but I repeat myself!). The Marans pullets have so far been really sweet and sociable; the Wellies a bit more standoffish. The problem with both Welsummers and Marans is that they (along with blue laced red Wyandottes) have become super trendy, which is death to the breed's standards where hatcheries are concerned. If you're really after dark layers (and the girls you have coming don't do the trick), you may want to try Penedesenca, which lay about the darkest egg known to chickens and haven't been marked as quite so trendy. The two Wellies I have lay markedly different eggs, which, while being darker than all of my other brown layers, weren't necessarily up to the hype either. I'm still happy with them (and I love speckled eggs!). Another nice thing is that they can be fairly reliably sexed by down color at hatch (unlike other dark brown layers).
Olive eggers are a special kind of breeding magic. The only way to know for sure is to watch the egg being laid, pretty much. Lots of people try this with EEs and wait five months or more for something less than olive. Best bet is crossing pure Ameraucana or another pure blue egg layer with a dark brown layer, and crossing those offspring with another dark brown layer (or buying one that you know lays just the right hue of green!). Green eggs happen anytime blue and brown get mixed, but there are a head-spinning number of varieties even green eggs can come in. I only have one green layer, and hers have speckles that can be purple, blue, brown, white or gray. It's crazy, and I can't wait til the little Marans/Ameraucanas are laying!