Easter or Olive Egger

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jmjb1999, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. jmjb1999

    jmjb1999 New Egg

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    If I cross a Barred Rock roo with a Cream Legbar hen, will the chicks be easter or olive eggers? Will I be able to tell the sex at hatch?
     
  2. elizabethjg

    elizabethjg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A brown egg layer mixed with a blue egg layer results in a mix of olive and brown egg layers. I'm not sure if it would be a sexlinked bird, but I'm thinking it would be because of the barred rooster.
     
  3. jmjb1999

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    Thanks! Any idea how the barring gene would present? There's 2 hatched now. One black with white on its head and one yellow/buff colored.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    There will be no sexlinking or autosexing. You will have to wait and see for gender. As for egg color, pullets will lay shades of green. Some may lay a lighter green and others a darker shade, but there is no guarantee of 'olive', so they would be considered Easter Eggers.
     
  5. jmjb1999

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    Thanks Junebuggena!

    Would I get autosexing with a cream legbar roo over a BCM? And would the hens then be more prone to olive eggs?
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    No. For sexlinking, you need the barring gene to be from the hen, and the rooster needs to be non-white and non-barred. A barred rooster will pass a barring gene to all of his chicks, male or female. A barred hen can only pass that barring gene to her male offspring.
     

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