- Breed Purpose:
- Egg Layer
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Olive to khaki
- Breed Temperament:
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Breed Size:
- Large FowlOlive Egger chickens are produced from a crossing of breeds. Like Easter Eggers, crossing a blue egg layer or chicken carrying a blue egg gene (i.e., Ameraucana, Araucana) to a dark brown layer/gene carrier (i.e., Marans, Welsummer), you will get a layer of olive colored eggs.
Breeding results can vary depending on what types of breeds are used and if they are pure. Olive Egger chickens will vary greatly in appearance, body type, etc., and are not an official breed with a set of standards. However, they are becoming quite popular with breeders and backyard enthusiasts as a way to diversify egg colors in your egg basket.
(Green) Olive Egger eggs
Olive Egger chick
Olive Egger hen
Young Olive Egger Rooster
There is a thread here on BYC dedicated to Olive Eggers: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/131131/the-olive-egger-thread/3540#post_8233099
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Recent User Reviews
"BEARDED MUFFED WONDERS"
Pros - Beautiful sky blue eggs, beautiful unique chicken, big personality, MUFFFFSSSS, BEEEAAARDDDSSS
Cons - Bad egg patterns, has big voice box, enjoys sound of ones own voice, not very hygenic (gets food stuck in muffs and beard)
My olive egger is an Ameruacana mix. She's a pretty crap layer (she gave up laying after two sky blue eggs and now hogs the laying boxes to lay her phantom eggs), and she came home with a bumble foot. She also enjoys screaming her heart out for no apparent reason. Mine is a little on the dumb side, with some difficulty eating (you have to hand feed them, and when they're full, they'll just look at you).
Negatives aside, olive eggers have big personalities and beautiful eggs (when they choose to lay them). They are friendly inquisitive bird (a little too heavy to fly as much as the average leghorn), and enjoy massages and sitting in your lap (a little too much as tehy sometimes fall asleep - once she's on, she'll never leave!). They are also relatively beautiful, and once you've looked into their derpy eyes, you know you're not going to let this chicken go. Seriously, who doesn't want a bearded, muffed wonder!
I would recommend this chicken for kids (please DON'T use this beautiful inquisitive breed for meat)!!!!!!
everything is worth it for the muffs
"Fun but noisy!"
Pros - Fun egg color to have
Cons - Squawky bird
My olive egger is a Marans/Ameraucana mix from mypetchicken. She is a cruddy winter layer and she makes more noise than the rest of my flock put together. Her sister is the same. It's not all that fair to rate "olive eggers" since different mixes will have different traits but this is just my experience and the particular mix I got. If you're concerned about upsetting your neighbors or if you're trying to hide chickens from your HOA, this might not be a good mix for you. When mine are laying, they are good for about 4 olive eggs per week and neither have gone broody.
"If you like something different....."
Pros - really cool colored eggs, not a cookie cutter breed
Cons - can't think of any
If you're looking for a colorful egg basket, you have to add some olive eggers. Since these birds are defined by their egg color, they aren't a breed per se, but are the result of breeding a dark egg layer with a blue egg layer. Many combinations can be used so the resulting olive eggers can have various types and personalities. For mine, I used a cream legbar rooster and various marans and welsumer hens. The progeny lay from a deep minty green to a beautiful true dark olive.
Interestingly, the mothers of my OE's all started laying between almost six months to over eight months and the daughters (Perhaps because of the legbar influence) were all laying before five months.
I do think the welsumer crosses can be sexed at hatch, just like the purebred welsumer mothers, but unfortunately I wasn't paying a lot of attention to this. I want to hatch more next year and will definitely pay more attention to see if this holds true. if it does, the welsumer cross might have an advantage over the crosses where marans were used.
I also want to try creating some using EEs. So many possibilities, so many colors.BlackHackle likes this.