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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by deathfromabove, Jul 28, 2014.
I'm just wondering how dark are there eggs? Looking to find the darkest chocolate eggs.
Welcome! They are supposed to lay very dark eggs! I just got some from a breeder this spring and am looking forward to that first chocolate egg myself. Mary
So can you order chicks or only eggs?
You can generally find both - are you wanting hatchery stock or breeder stock? Knowing your location would help those who might be near you offer recommendations as to some more local sources if you prefer not to go the hatchery order route.
I'm looking for breeder stock. I live in Maryland so we get all four seasons.
I'm planning on breeding her with my EE to see if I can get some olive eggers, the darker chocolate egg the darker the olive. At lest that is what I've read here. If I'm wrong please educate me.
Olive Eggers are best created using a pure blue egg layer to a dark brown egg layer.
EE's are a crap shoot as you can't always be sure they will carry the blue egg gene.
But it can happen......I hatched an OE from a brown egg(probably from and Amberlink) fertilized by an EE.
There's a thread just for Olive Eggers here to learn more.
He definantly has the blue egg gene, he has the pea comb and no wattles. We have 2 coockoo marans and they lay dark brown eggs with speckles so I'm waiting for any of my other hens to become broody. I have 2 BO,3 EE, 2 BA, 2 WR and 2 BR. Hopefully soon.
I should have said it's crap shoot whether he will pass on the one blue egg gene he may have.
You'll have to see whether his chicks have the pea comb before you start hoping, then wait until the pullets lay an olive egg.