Olive egger but no olive eggs???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by freshfish, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. freshfish

    freshfish Out Of The Brooder

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    I was told I had an Olive Egger but I have yet to see an Olive egg. Is olive egger a breed or just an EE that lays olive green eggs? I will try to post a picture of her later.

    John
     
  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    As far as I know an Olive egger is an EE that lays olive colored eggs and may lay different shades of "olive" color.

    I crossed Dels with green and blue laying EE's and expected to get olive eggs but not so. I was wrong. I'm still not sure how to get the olive colored eggs.
     
  3. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have to cross a blue egg layer with a dark brown egg layer like a marans or welsummer to get an olive egger. [​IMG] Oh, but if either id crossed with some other color egg genes, then you may not end up with an olive egger. you might just get a brown egg layer.
     
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  4. PetRock

    PetRock Overrun With Chickens

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    I have two OE's from Wynette. They are second generation OE's with Black Copper Marans over first generation OE. One of them has a pea comb and I hope will lay a dark olive green egg. The other one has a straight comb and just started laying a beautiful dark brown egg. This is a pic of her and a pic of her first four eggs.

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  5. freshfish

    freshfish Out Of The Brooder

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    I have no idea what two chickens were crossed, I will try and post pics tomorrow, my girl is black with like gold feathers mixed on her neck/shoulders sorta like a cape, she is very pretty.
     
  6. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Cross a Marans or Welsummer over a blue egg layer, first generation OE. Cross those first gen OE hens back to a Marans roo in hopes of an even darker love egg from the F2 off spring.
     
  7. HighNDryFarm

    HighNDryFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Olive layers are from Buff Orpingtons, covered by my Silver EE Roo. At least that's who I think their moms were, they're black. But the options for mom's were EE, Buff Orpington, Barred Rock or Light Brahma. I have one that I'm sure came from the LB because she has feathered feet and another one that's white with some black that I think was from the LB too, both are bearded and have muffs. The feathered one lays pink and the other lays brown.

    The other black one's lay blue so I guess their moms were the EE girls, but body type of the green layers is BO so I'm pretty sure that's where they came from. [​IMG]
     
  8. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Olive Eggers can't be bred from Orpingtons [​IMG] Olive Eggers are a special kind of EE, bred from DARK brown layers.



    But yes, there's a good 5% chance you'll get a single combed dark brown or brown layer from a OE breeding, especially in the 2nd generation.
     
  9. HighNDryFarm

    HighNDryFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:OK, well, I have green eggs....and that's all the chicken breeds I had to get them. [​IMG] First generation....I hatched them myself from those breeds with that one rooster. Maybe they're just plain 'ole layers of green eggs and I shouldn't label them![​IMG]

    Here's a picture, sorry it's grainy. The dark brown one is my Austalorps first egg! All the others are eggs from the the combo's I mentioned above.
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  10. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very cool! They look like scuppernongs!
     

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