How to get Olive Eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by newchickens2009, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can someone tell me what breeds do I need to cross to get the beautiful/rich olive colored eggs that I see people posting pics of on here, pls?
     
  2. Harlequin

    Harlequin Out Of The Brooder

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    the combo ive seen the most is a black copper maran rooster with an ameracauna hen.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    A dark egg layer and a blue or green egg layer. These are some common combinations:

    Black Copper Marans x Blue Ameraucana

    Cuckoo Marans x Easter Egger

    Welsummer x Easter Egger

    Barnevelder x Wheaten Ameraucana


    Barnevelders are almost never a good choice though as they rarely ever lay dark eggs, in my opinion Blue and Cuckoo Marans are right in that alley too, but Black Copper Marans, Welsummers, Wheaten Marans, Blue Wheaten Marans, and the sort are some good dark egg laying choices. For the blue side, Easter Eggers, Ameraucanas, and Araucanas are all excellent choices.

    The really dark olive eggs come from crossing the resulting "Olive Egger" back to a dark egg layer such as a Marans. [​IMG]
     
  4. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both so much for the reply. I will be getting some wellies and some marans soon so I will give it a try with my ameraucanas.
     
  5. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry forgot to ask how is egg production with these olive eggers?
     
  6. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    I crossed and EE with a BR
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  7. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the pic, that is so cool!
     
  8. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That first egg almost looks red, what breed did that come from?
     
  9. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. dipence71

    dipence71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    SOOOOO would an EE hen laying green eggs and a Buff Orpington Roo be a good mix for possible Olive eggs or just a deeper green? Or would they be brown.
     

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