Olive Egger

We are taking pre-orders and deposits on chicks and waterfowl as well as hatching eggs for the spring. Our 2019 order form and breed list are available in our webpage menu.

 

Show Champion Large Olive Eggs Interior Provincial Exhibition 2018

F4 Olive Egger Pullet with Marans colouring and muffed face.

3rd, 4th and 5th 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 a French Black Copper Maran hens with a Blue Wheaten Ameraucana rooster to get hens that lay a dark coloured olive egg five 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. However, in 2018 we used a white Marans rooster over an Olive Egger hen so some of our new hens are white or have mixed colouring. 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 F3, F4 and F5 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 F3 egg can look like an F2 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

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F2 vs F3  and Olive Eggs at the IPE 2017                                                                   

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20150419_145615Olive Egger Chicks F2 vs F3
2nd & 3rd generation-looking more like a Marans but retaining the muffed cheeks of the Ameraucana