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F6 Olive Egg next to Marans Eggs Spring 2019
Show Champion Large Olive Eggs Interior Provincial Exhibition 2018
F4 Olive Egger Pullet with Marans colouring and muffed face.
4rd, 5th and 6th generation mixed breeding pen, various shades of green eggs
$12 per chick straight run/unsexed and $5 per egg or $60 a dozen
We originally crossed our best French Black Copper Maran hens with a Blue Wheaten Ameraucana rooster to get hens that lay a dark coloured olive egg six years ago. They are not a true breed as recognized by the American Poultry Association but they are worth having in the flock for their colourful contributions to the egg carton.
My Olive Eggers hens are vigorous and they are larger then our Ameraucana hens. Our Olive Egger hens tend to be either blue or black in colour. They may or may not have muffs and or feathered legs.
Our customers love the wonderful olive eggs and the hens so much we will be breeding F4, F5 and F6 generation chicks to obtain more green eggs for the egg basket. The roosters from these pairings are beautiful and make excellent dual-purpose stock. The hens are very winter hardy and lay large green eggs consistently through out the year.
Presently, our Olive Eggers are very closely related to our French Black Copper Marans as much as 75-85% or more due to constantly breeding the Olive Egger hens back to various French Marans roosters. Therefore, their egg colour does fade through the laying season in the same way that the Marans eggs does.
The olive colouring is on the outside of the egg and time of year, feed, free range vs confined pens, lighting etc. all play a part in the colour of the egg. An F6 egg can look like an F5 as the laying season progresses. In the spring or after a molt egg colour returns to a darker olive colouration.
F2 Olive Egger hen and eggs 2016