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Who lays what

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tav1, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. tav1

    tav1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking for 2 hens thay lay the blue and olive.
    I heard of the Americana ... which breed would develop
    These 2 colors.
     
  2. chickmomma03

    chickmomma03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pure ameraucanas lay blue, olive eggers lay olive color. With easter eggers you might not get blue. My only EE that's laying isn't laying a true blue, it's a bluish green color (more green than blue)
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    True Ameraucanas, true Araucanas, and Cream Legbars all lay blue eggs. Any of these blue egg laying breeds crossed with a chocolate (very dark brown) egg layer (Marans, Welsummer, Pendescenca, or Barnevelder) will produce Olive Egger offspring. Easter Eggers sometimes lay blue eggs, but more commonly they are some shade of green, occasionally beige, and on rare occasions a pale pink.
     
  4. btguy

    btguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ameraucana and to some extent araucana have been so played up that everyone sells easter eggers as them. it is VERY hard to find pure birds of either without resorting to the higher dollar high quality breeders (ie not hatchery quality). i would go with cream legbar for the blue just because you are more likely to get what you are looking for. of course if you can go out and see what they are/lay that is something entirely different.
     
  5. tav1

    tav1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok.....can we narrow down which breed can give me a olive eggs.....not up on who lays what....... so info could be great . thank you.

    this is from the previous tread ....up. so these breed below will get me olive eggs? and a cream legbar will give me blueish eggs?

    (Marans, Welsummer, Pendescenca, or Barnevelder) will produce Olive Egger...
     
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  6. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No breed lays olive eggs. A hen that lays an olive egg is a cross between a blue egg laying breed ( a cream legbar, araucana or ameraucana) and a dark brown laying breed (marans, welsummer or even a good RIR) You have to cross breed a bird to lay an olive egg. I used my cream legbar cockerel over my Rhode Island Red hen to get a couple of pullets that laid olive eggs and I currently have some pullets that are reaching point of lay that were bred by the same cream legbar rooster to a blue copper marans hen and a welsummer hen, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that those eggs will be a deeper olive colour.

    Some places will sell pullets/hens that have been bred like this to lay olive eggs but they are all cross breeds. They will most likely be referred to as Olive Eggers but this is just a term used to describe them and not an actual breed. Don't be tempted to buy olive eggs to hatch in the hope you will get chicks that lay olive eggs, because that isn't guaranteed or even likely to work to any great extent..
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on rebrascora's post.
     

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