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August 09, 2015, 02:21:59 PM
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Peacerose

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Back in the spring, Robbie sent me some of his olive egger eggs.  I ended up with 8 hens and 5 roos.  Every bird looks different.  Different combs, different feathering, with and without leg feathers.   :o   Yesterday, I sold three of the roos.  Things were getting kind of rough and wild in the pen.  Everybody is relaxed and happy now!  They are about 20 wks old now. 

Robbie says to make olive eggers you start with an Ameraucana roo and Maran hens.  The hen offspring of those are bred again to an Ameraucana roo.  The next gen. will be your olive eggers.







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August 11, 2015, 07:02:58 PM
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Fat Daddy

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Nice birds Dawn! They look a lot like Marans... I raised black copper Marans for a long time. Some hens were all black, some had copper hackles, some of the hackles ran towards the straw color.... I always had to cull hard to true up my flock. Marans require a lot of work to breed any where near consistant...

August 12, 2015, 02:12:03 AM
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Thanks, Bill!  These will be my eating egg flock.  They will be 24 weeks on September 10.  Can't wait for my first green egg!

August 21, 2015, 04:57:19 PM
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Dawn, do you still have the ones you received from Momocat?

August 22, 2015, 02:07:12 AM
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Yes -- and their babies are nearly grown.  Also, I have some of their eggs due to hatch this weekend!  I've become very fond of them.  I'll try to take some pictures tomorrow.

August 24, 2015, 04:36:16 PM
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The Olive Eggers have started laying!  Three of them have, anyway.  There are eight hens all together.  No green eggs yet.  One hen is laying Maran style dark brown.  Two are laying an odd brown color that I can't even describe.   :o   Anyway, the ones that are laying are very reliable and the colors are fun.  I bet the other five are holding the green eggs.


August 24, 2015, 05:02:09 PM
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They look like Maran eggs! YAY! I'm excited for you!  :D

April 27, 2016, 08:01:04 AM
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Dawn....do you still have your olive eggers?

April 27, 2016, 01:08:51 PM
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No - these were the ones completely wiped out by the coons.  I don't think I want any more because I'm going to focus on the Brassy Back bantams and the Buckeyes.  But for anyone else thinking about Olive Eggers, I can say they were a really fun and productive egg flock.  Also gentle and well-behaved.