Which rooster will help produce green or olive layers?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by QChickieMama, Nov 6, 2016.

  1. QChickieMama

    QChickieMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for your opinions! One is an olive egger; one is a Maran-mix something, and I don't know which is which or what kind of layers they'll help make. So far, the hens in the pen lay predominantly green eggs, some dark brown, a few olive.
     
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  2. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    the second one is olive egger- his comb is pea which is closely linked to the gene for blue/green eggshells.

    first rooster is single combed and more than likely does not have the blue/green eggshell gene.... unless he is marans mixed with legbar which don;t have the pea-blue eggshell linkage.

    if you dont know their history and you want more green eggs, use the second rooster.

    wou;d be better to use pure marans, welsumer, penedesenca to cross with for olive eggs.
     
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  3. The Maran is the olive egg producer......


    Cheers!
     
  4. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Um, I beg to differ, the Marans is a dark brown egg producer. A Marans bred with a blue egg layer will have offspring that can lay olive green eggs.
     
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  5. Yeah.......I know.........THANKS.......
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    With all mixed birds......your chances of green/olive vs brown eggs is a real crap shoot.
     
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  7. QChickieMama

    QChickieMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, is the 2nd rooster (the white one) a Marans mix-looking rooster?
     
  8. The Maran would be the one I would try....


    Cheers!
     
  9. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Living in a galaxy far, far away...

    The single combed one is the Marn mix. The more silver looking one is the STUNNING easter egger mutt [​IMG] I love him.
    Personally, I won't breed a rooster who isn't gentle and protective of the hens. If he is an "over-zealous breeder" (i.e., chases the hens and violently pulls out feathers), I would cull him. A rooster gets alot of his temperament from his father. Obviously, it's not the only thing that determines how he'll behave, but it doe splay a roll.
     
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