Olive Eggers

May 19

Incubator is rolling right along nicely, so hopefully on June 3rd we will have a good hatch. I'm very excited for several of these eggs to hatch, I have some eggs set that are from a particular test mating and I am "oober" anxious to see the outcome.

I crossed a Splash rooster over a Blue Copper pullet to see what genes the rooster may be carrying, I believe that he is possibly carrying the Birchen gene, which in my opinion would be a super bonus to work with. I love the look of the Silver Blue Birchens Marans and it would be off the hook if that gene accidentally expressed itself in one of my small project flocks.

Along with the test eggs from the Splash bird, I also have future second generation Olive Eggers in there and hoping for a deeper olive green shade of eggs this generation.

 "Olive Eggers" is the term that chicken breeders will use if they have created a bird that will lay an "olive colored egg" by breeding a Blue egg laying hen (Blue egg layers are Ameraucana's or Araucana's) or  to a Dark Brown Egg laying chicken (dark brown egg layers can be Marans, Welsummers or even Penedesenca's) or visa versa…crossing a rooster that hatched from blue egg to a hen that hatched from a very dark brown egg.

Olive Eggers can also be produced by using a bird that either hatched from a light tan egg or a bird that lays a light tan egg crossed to a bird that lays a blue egg or hatched from a blue egg, with this cross the egg could come out a very light minty green and sometimes perhaps a light teal green to a blue/green.

 Generally speaking, the darker brown egg layer used, the darker the olive color of the egg. The lighter the brown egg layer used, the lighter the olive or green egg.

Not every chick produced from these matings for Olive Eggers will lay a green or olive egg….some of these chicks will hatch with a single comb and some of these chicks will hatch with a peacomb. The peacombed chicks will be the olive egg chicks, the single combed chicks will lay a brown egg. It has been said that there is something like a 3% chance that a single combed chick from these matings will lay an olive egg because the peacomb gene in the blue egg layers is so closely parked or linked to the blue egg gene it's like one doesn't work without the other.

I created my Olive Eggers by using my super dark Blue Copper Marans rooster (he's so dark blue that he appears black in color….more on dark dark blue later) and  Blue and Splash Ameraucana hens. The eggs that the female peacombed offspring from those crossings are the birds responsible for laying the "Olive Eggs" pictured in my first blog post. I love the wide array of real colored eggs that we can get from all the different breeds of chickens, who knew that chickens and eggs could be this addicting.

Well…. I would think that I have rambled long enough for today, wish I could say that I was getting out the door to go play with my chickens or to go fishing…..but, I am very thankful to be able to say that I am getting out the door to go to work and on that note…. I bid you all a good day.

This is the Blue Copper Marans Rooster that is the father of my Olive Egger hens and the father of the eggs in the incubator.

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