How to get Olive Eggs?

newchickens2009

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May 18, 2009
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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?
 

Illia

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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.
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newchickens2009

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May 18, 2009
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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.
 

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