Olive Eggers are a fun and EGGciting hybrid breed to have in your flock! Olive Egger Hens lay several shades of green/olive tones, hence, their name. They are bred by crossing a DARK brown egg laying breed with a blue egg laying breed. In our case, we are cross-breeding our very own Black Copper Marans and our Cream Legbars together for this cross. This is also a sex-linked cross meaning we can tell males from females at the time of hatch!! All chicks hatch out black, but the males have a white dot on their heads.
Females as adults will be either solid black with a crest or black with bronze in their hackle feathers and sport a crest as well. Crest could be absent due to cross-breeding.
Males should sport barring, crest may or may not be absent as well.
Just a side note…. Olive Eggers are similar to Easter Eggers, however they are two very different crosses. The difference is that Easter Eggers are bred using a light-medium brown egg laying breed and then crossed with a blue egg laying breed, which in turn does produce a green egg. However, the Easter Eggers green egg is a slightly tinted green vs. the Olive Eggers egg displaying much deeper tones of green. If you’re looking to add color to your egg basket, then look no further!
*In rare cases when crossing breeding, specifically Olive Eggers, some of the offspring may lay a brown egg instead of a green or olive tone. There is no way to tell what color the bird will lay until it does. The specific cross is a proven Olive Egger cross (Black Copper Marans x Ameracaunas), but as with any cross, you will always have a small percentage of the offspring that doesn’t “take,” and this is to be expected.