Olive eggs?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by danielle82, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    I am wanting to get some chickens that lay "different" colors of eggs. I was showing some egg pics to my kids here on the BYC site, after I was done, I guess I forgot to close the window cause my DH said to me a bit later that he would like to get some chickens that lay olive colored eggs!! [​IMG] [​IMG] He has taken hardly any interest in the chickens so far, he did build the coop, but whenever I talk to him about them his eyes sorta glaze over lol anyways I am wondering about the olive eggers... are they just a blue egg layer crossed with a brown egg layer? and the resultng chicks from that match (the hens) would lay olive colored eggs?
  2. Freckle Face Farm

    Freckle Face Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    This thread might help ya out!!! [​IMG]
  3. cottagegarden

    cottagegarden Eggistentialist

    Oct 2, 2008
    SE PA
    Here you go..https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=131131
    They are just a blue egg laying chicken crossed with a brown egg laying chicken.
    You are better to get eggs from pures like Ameraucana and Araucana and browns from Marans and Welsummers
    b/c if you cross a EE you are just adding more to the mix and you will lesson your chance of getting an Olive Egger.
    If you figure, x amount of shipped eggs will hatch, x will be roosters, and you can either have the remainder be EEs that will lay olive, pink, or brown
    or Olive Eggers. If you wanted different colors an EE cross is fine, if you deff want lots of OE go with the pure parents.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2009
  4. henney penny

    henney penny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2009
    Northern Maine
    I have easter eggers they lay blue eggs,I was told that they could lay green but have not seen any yet.
  5. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    SE Pennsylvania
    Quote:Agree [​IMG]
  6. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    If you are up for hatching, I have some dark laying marans in with a splash ameracuana rooster. They quit laying when I moved them about a week ago, but when they start back up, you could hatch some of their eggs. You should get some very pretty blue feathered birds with nice deep olive colored egg laying hens out of the batch.

    I have another pen where I am working on barred olive eggers, but the egg color will likely vary somewhat from pullet to pullet this spring because of crossing third generation back and forth, no telling who will inherit which genes... they should all lay varying degrees of khaki, green and olive green though. sometimes variety is nice too.

    I also have a white ameraucana that lays a deep blue egg, in with the spash ameraucana rooster, and some dark copper black marans layers from proven dark lines. Then there are the mottled javas, the Naked Neck and the orpingtons that lay a tinted, beige egg. The only color I don't have is white! I am thinking that is my next color of egg layer to add to the flock...
  7. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    Hey OnTheSpot, how much do you sell those hatching eggs for? I am getting an incubator in a month or so....I have never hatched eggs out before, and I realize Its never certain if any will hatch out or not, but I think it sounds like fun lol
  8. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is the olive egger thread that we have going.

    I used ameraucanas and easter eggers to get my olive eggers, I crossed them all to a french black copper marans.
    The marans is where you get the dark egg color to cover the blue/green.

    Henny Penny, you can stop waiting for the green color from your easter egger, they can lay either blue or green.
    If yours is laying a blue egg then that is all she is ever going to lay.
    Although easter eggers in general are capable of laying either blue or green it depends what gene they end up with and its not interchangeable.
    Some also lay pinkinsh and some end up with brown.
    They are mutt chickens so its a roll of the dice.
  9. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    generally my olive eggs are $3 apiece, mix and match, whatever you want, and if you wanted to get some copper black eggs to go with, so you could cross darker, those are $5 apiece, save money, combine shipping!
    It is all a moot point right now, because no olive or easter eggers are laying, only my white ameraucana with a splash ameraucana roo... which would technically make a blue sort of an easter egger because you are mixing colors, from what I read here.
  10. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    I will be in touch after I get my incubator in the early spring!

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