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Must an olive egger have a pea comb?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Brindlebtch, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Songster

    Apr 15, 2009
    O can a straight combed pullet lay an olive egg?
  2. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    Olive Eggers, in my book, are no different than Easter Eggers. Only that a blue-egg laying bird has been crossed with a dark-brown egg layer to create "olive" eggers.

    If the original parent was hetero for the pea-comb gene, than the offspring could have single or pea. So, olive eggers count as olive eggers if they lay olive colored eggs.
  3. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

    May 30, 2008
    Washington State
    It's my understanding that the pea comb and the blue egg gene are closely parked in the genetic make up and are what effect the egg color. I also read that the chances of the single combed birds laying an olive egg is like 3%. It has been my experience that only the pea combed birds from a prespective Olive Egger bird will lay an olive egg. I have single combed birds from my olive egger project that lay nice dark brown eggs like the Marans I used to make them, just a tad lighter and not shiney.
    ETA: All of the pea combed birds in my OE project lay olive eggs.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2010

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