How to create a purple egg layer

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by kaywould, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. kaywould

    kaywould Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 17, 2014
    South Carolina
    I'm sure a lot of it comes down to luck.

    I've got Cream Legbar hens and roosters, a Black Ameraucana hen, a bunch of straight-run Black Copper Maran chicks so I'm sure I'll end up with both roosters and hens. I also currently have some Black Copper Maran laying hens. I'd like to try to get some cross that will hopefully lay something purplish

    I have a number of other hens as well (Blue Andalusian, Black Australorp, Barred Rock).

    I was going to start with Black Copper Maran hens with Cream Legbar rooster see what I get and go from there. I expect those to be olive egg layer so would probably breed back with the Cream Legbar rooster. But curious about other peoples experiences.

    There was a big thread in the past about purple egg layers but it was 19 pages long and the last post is from 11/2016. Instead of resurrecting an old thread I thought I might ask the question a fresh and see where it goes.

    I'm aware of croad langshan but curious about how to recreate the egg color with some cross breeding.
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 19, 2015
    Eastern Shore, MD
    I think something that lays pink (ie pinkish cream) + something that lays blue is the best cross to start with. An green/olive egg really isn't a step in the right direction since they're just about on opposite sides of the color wheel.

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