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Olive Egger Pairs?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ndemerly, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. ndemerly

    ndemerly Chirping

    Oct 5, 2010
    Owosso, MI
    If I hatch out 'Olive Eggers' (Black Copper Marans x Ameracauna) can I cross the roosters to the hens to create the same characteristics in the next generation or will something change?
    BTW, happy thanksgiving to everyone!
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2010

  2. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    If the original ameracucana hen is homozygous for pea comb, you should get all pea combed babies. If you cross them back on the father, you will only get half pea combed babies, half single combed (half olive eggers, half brown eggers)

    If you cross the babies and the mother back on a pea combed offspring, you will get much better green egg odds, around 75%.

    Next generation, if you wanted to darken up your green egg genetics, cross back to a marans from dark egg genetics.

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