What is an Olive Egger
The original Olive egger is a cross, using the Black Copper Marans, which lays the darkest chocolate colored eggs of all the marans breed. Some breeders concentrate their breeding efforts toward producing the darkest eggs and there is an official color scale for judging the color of those eggs. To obtain the olive egg, a dark egg layer must be crossed with a blue egg layer. The most common cross is with the Ameraucana. The chicks that develop will be Olive eggers and those females will lay an egg with an olive hue of varying shades depending on how dark or light the eggs are from the original breeding pair. Any of the Marans or other dark egg layers will produce olive eggers when crossed with a blue or green egg layer.
Some examples of common breeds that can be crossed to produce olive eggs would be Crossing a Silver Laced Wyandotte with an Ameraucana. The offspring will take on some of the traits of each parent. The chicks may have the coloration of a Silver Laced Wyandotte but have the muffs, beard and pea comb of the Ameraucana. The pure French Black Copper Marans have feathered shanks, so when they are used to cross with an Ameraucana, the resulting offspring may have feathered legs, muffs and beards and often a pea comb.
What do the offspring look like
Regardless of the crosses used, the appearance of the offspring will vary depending on the breeds used and it's possible that no two chicks will look alike. Some may have feathered shanks, some may or may not have beards, muffs, tufts, tailless or pea combs. Dominant genes will be in play regardless of the crosses. Some of the cutest chicks are the crosses and the fun part is you never know what they will look like until they hatch and as they change through the growing processes. The adult olive eggers are some of the prettiest chickens we've seen. We've included some photos of mature olive eggers in our slide show above.
We now offer our Olive egger chicks and hatching eggs. We do ship our hatching eggs, but our chicks are only available locally.
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