Hey all have to vent a bit. So i have been working on my first breeding project. Making olive eggers with my ameraucana hens and maran roo. So far its been frustrating. I have 7 olive eggers and 2 started laying. Only Im getting brown eggs! I am thinking that somewhere there is a brown egg gene. Either my maran is not pure or one or more of my wheaten ameraucanas. Any whoo 4 days ago was happy to see that i had an olive egg in the nest box. Hooray. That day i did see a hawk lurking around the property I havent seen a hawk around in over a year. It took off no worries. Well the next day I reluctantly let them out to free range while I was at a kids birthday party. Came home to do a beak count and one of my OEs was missing. Found what was left of her the next day. 100% sure it was a hawk attack. I am so bummed, not only was she my favorite OE, I think she was the one who laid the olive egg. Since I have not seen any more olive eggs Why out of all of my 16 chickens he takes her. Why dose it seem that predators like to take out your favorite birds. *sigh* If I see that hawk again Im going to be shooting bottle rockets up his tail feathers.