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How long does it take to create an Olive Egger?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Coop de Grass, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Songster

    I am having trouble acquiring Olive Egger eggs, so I am wondering how long it would take if I started "from scratch"? [​IMG] I have 6 Ameraucana chicks that are 2 weeks old. I have a Bielefelder Roo that is the same age? Would that cross work? As a newbie to hatching chicks, I am guessing that the eggs that are laid from that cross would be EE colored eggs, but that the chicks hatched from those egg[​IMG]
     

  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    I would get something with darker genetics than a Beilefelder for your brown side of the equation - a nice Welsummer, Maran, etc. The resulting offspring would have the potential to produce the color of shell you are seeking. I do have one green layer from an EE/standard brown cross but she doesn't produce the nice, deep, rich olive color that most associate with being an "olive egger"
     
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