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1 Making Olive Eggers on Sat May 30, 2015 7:14 am

DCChick

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I love the olive green eggs, so I want to experiment. I have hens laying some nice big olive eggs. What will I get if I breed them with an Olive egger rooster? Will I get consistent olive coloured eggs or is it a toss up?

2 Re: Making Olive Eggers on Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:14 pm

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Egg shell colour genetics can be complicated, particularly the brown colour, but because olive is actually a combination of brown and blue, your crosses could have blue, brown, or green eggs. DC Chick it also  depends on the genetic background of your hen and rooster. The only way to be sure is to cross them and see.
The  way to get olive eggers usually is to cross a blue egg layer breed with a very dark brown egg layer breed and then breed that F1 green egg layer to a dark brown egg layer breed again. the F2 cross should lay dark olive eggs.

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