Olive egger roo or Copper Maran roo?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Higins00, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need to know if I should keep my olive egger roo or my Copper Maran roo to make darker olive eggers. Olive egger + Olive egger will be Oliver egger right? Will I get a darker egg if I mate the Maran to the olive egger? Plus should I only mate the ones with pea combs or it dosen't matter. Any one experimented with this? Thanks
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Olive Egger x Olive Egger gives you about a 50% chance of olive eggers, the rest will be brown or greenish eggs.

    The one to keep is the Marans. Crossing an OE back to a Marans indeed gives you the gorgeously dark olive eggs. [​IMG]


    Yes, only use OE's with pea combs. Single combed OE's are not carriers of the blue gene, and will lay brown eggs or carry genes for only brown eggs.
     
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  3. 8ROYALS

    8ROYALS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have to get a BCM roo now? Ok if you are going to twist my arm...LOL Can it be a OE roo over a BCM hen?
     
  4. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are your hens homozygous for the blue egg gene, or heterozygous?

    Heterozygous OE roo over heterozygous OE hens = 75% olive egger chicks, 25% dark brown egger chicks

    Marans over heterozygous OE hens = 50% olive egger chicks, 50% dark brown egger chicks.

    Any cross of a homozygous blue egg gene bird will produce 100% olive egger chicks.
     
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Quote:Yes, you can do an OE roo over a BCM hen. Doesn't matter who is who.
     
  6. 8ROYALS

    8ROYALS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:give me time to research what that means and see if I even know...
     
  7. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks I'll have to check out hetero vs homo. Do you get a better chance of having a pea comb chick with the mother having one than the father? Or dosn't it matter
     

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