Questions about EE's, "Olive eggers", ect......

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ChickenWisperer, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    KY
    I have read that most olive-eggers are AmeraucanaXMorans cross breeds, or something along those lines. Are there any other breeds used to create this color? I was just wondering about the popularity of "olive eggers" and how much you might value them for........along with EE's. Just wondering, no big deal! [​IMG] My curiosity has gotten the best of me. Then, is it true that the blue egg gene, so to speak, is dominant? (Ex: you breed a blue egglaying ameraucana or araucana hen to a RIR roo, the result will be a blue egglaying EE?)

    Is this true? Or have I gotten confused........yet again? [​IMG]

    Oh, and....to get an "olive egger" Would a Cuckoo Morans roo X Ameraucana hen bring about the same result? Or, does it depend on the egg color the Ameraucana lays?

    Any information about either is greatly appreciated! And sorry about my lack of knowledge........but i gotta learn some how! Hope i posted this in the right area......[​IMG]
     
  2. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    Quote:most people do it just because they look cool. Other than marans you can use welsummers and barnevelder. The rir mix will not lay blue, but should have a greenish tinge because one color overlays the other


    Quote:It depends on the color that each lay, the darker they are the more intense the color saturation

    Quote:I hope that sound ok, I think I confuse myself, darn cold

    Krista

    edited because I messed the whole thing up [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2008
  3. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    KY
    Lol, thanks! [​IMG]
     
  4. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    If I understand correctly you want the rooster to be the one carrying the Blue Egg gene and he must have 2 of that gene to guarantee green eggs (so you should not start with and easter egger rooster but start with a pure Ameraucana rooster). If the rooster does not have 2 of the blue egg gene then some hens can and will lay brown eggs. I have RIR and Orpingtons in with my Ameraucanas and I have been told that the female offspring should lay DK green eggs. I have read of a person who crossed black Australorps with pure Ameraucanas and got DK Green eggs as well. So as long as the rooster is carrying the blue egg gene them I would assume any brown egg laying hen has the potential to produce offspring that will lay DK green eggs.

    Someone correct me if I am wrong.
     
  5. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    KY
    Thanks chickchick! [​IMG]


    So, that would mean as far as egg color, there are two genes to every bird that control it, and the chick will pick up one from each? :hmm
     
  6. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    I think so. Having the rooster with 2 of the blue egg gene will pretty much guarantee green eggs. If the roster has only 1 of the gene then you could have a lot of offspring laying brown eggs.
     
  7. thepetpaw

    thepetpaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    491
    2
    131
    Jul 27, 2008
    Tennessee
    Olice eggs would be so pretty to see - maybe someone who has some could post a photo!
     
  8. Jashdon

    Jashdon Chillin' With My Peeps

    187
    1
    131
    Mar 29, 2008
    Snohomish, WA
    This is a picture from another post by MaransGuy. The eggs are really cool!

    [​IMG]

    Also, I got some information from another post that is a bit different from what is poster here on how to breed hens that will lay these olive eggs.

    Quote:According to this, you could cross a blue egger hen with a roo carrying a dark brown egg gene and still get the olive egg,
     
  9. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    KY
    Thanks so much Jashdon! Great pictures, great information! [​IMG]
     
  10. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    hhmm.... I would love to have olive eggers, I do own cuckoo marans, black copper marans, ameircaunas, and araucanas.
    Wonder if I will get lucky.[​IMG]


    edited for spellling.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2008

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by