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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by awizkey, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. awizkey

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    I bought 4 prairie blue bell eggers, 3 sapphire olive eggers, and a golden comet. I saw one of the olive eggers go into the coop so I checked on it 15 minutes later and she laid a light brown (almost pink) egg? What happened?
     
  2. Evelyn Walker

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    Olive Eggers sometimes lay brown eggs. It's disappointing, but it happens.
     
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  3. awizkey

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    I sure hope the rest lay some shade of green...I was so excited and wham! Light brown. Boo lol
     
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  4. Evelyn Walker

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    Yep, same thing is going on with my Easter Eggers. So far 2/4 lay brown eggs!
     
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  5. awizkey

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    Most of my ee lay pink eggs, only 1 maybe 2 of the 4 lay green. That's why I got the newbies, so I can get blue and green. Oh well I guess.
     
  6. aart

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    Where did you get these birds?
     
  7. TwoChicksChix

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    Since olive eggers are a cross of a blue Egger breed such as an Ameraucana and dark egg layer breed such as a Black Copper Marans, they can lay different shades depending on the generation, the genetics, the parents birds, and luck.

    It can also be due to the time of year that she’s laying, if she’s usually laying, or if she’s young and hasn’t gotten her system fully working yet.

    However, if she’s laying a light pinkish egg, I’d think she’s more of an Easter Egger than an olive egger. Since, she’d need to be breed to a dark egg layer to get a good olive egg. Sounds to me her parents were a colored layer and a medium brown egg layer, not a dark. Maybe even an EE to a brown layer.

    Basically, once the others lay, you should be able to tell if it was due to bad genetic crossing of the parents.

    Though I hope your other girls lay nice olive eggs!
     
  8. awizkey

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    Farm, Family, and Home. Hoover Hatchery is their supplier.
     
  9. awizkey

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    Thank you. I called customer service today at the hatchery and she told me I am not correct. Uh, I am not color blind. And only 1 of the 3 olive eggers have a tuft on top of their head. I will never buy from Hoover again after that conversation. She basically blew me off.
     
  10. TwoChicksChix

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    So she’s probably not a true Ameraucana mix. That might be why her eggs are different colored than olive.

    I’d wait to see what color the others lay.
     
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