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

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    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

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    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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