Please help me with breeding for olive eggers!

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  1. Prettyhorse32

    Prettyhorse32 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All, I am looking for advise on breeding for olive egger's.. I know you need a brown egg with a blue egg gene but what breeds do best..
    I have BLRW roos and I have a RIR roo, my hens are true ameracaunas, marans, rir, ...a few EE and Buff orpingtons...
    Thanks
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    For olive eggers you want a dark brown egg layer, most people cross something like a Marans, Welsummer or Penedesenca to a blue/green egg layer, both the darker the better. If you only have BLRW and RIR roos and want OEs you are probably better off to get another rooster, either a Marans to use on your EEs and Ameraucana, or a Ameraucana roo to use on your Marans.
    Long BYC thread on them with a lot of pics and crosses people have done.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/131131/the-olive-egger-thread
     
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