Colored Egg Layers
Daily "Easter Basket" - No dye needed!
Easter Egger Chickens
Easter Egger (EE) chickens will lay you a beautiful array of facinating egg colors! As well as being friendly chickens that are a wonderful addition to any home flock. These are not a specific poultry breed, they're a hybrid variety of chicken which lays eggs that vary in shade from Green, Blue, Green-Blue, Sea-Green, Tinted (Pink). Easter Eggers vary widely in color and proportion and don't conform to any breed standard. You could call them mutt's really, as their lineage can vary widely. They are usually some derivative of Ameraucanas and Araucanas. However, pure-bred Ameraucanas and Araucanas are originally from South America and are American Poultry Association recognized breeds as noted in "The American Standard of Perfection".
Olive Colored chicken eggs are fun!
Olive Egger Chickens
Olive Eggers (OE) are a variety of chicken that will lay an olive colored egg. These interesting chickens are created by crossing a bird hatched from a Dark Brown Egg (like Marans, Welsummers, Barnevelder, Empordanesa and Penedesenca) and a bird hatched from a Blue Egg (like Ameraucanas, Araucana and Easter Eggers). Generally speaking, if you want very dark olive colored eggs, you need to start with one parent who comes from very dark egg layers, such as Marans. However, Welsummers crossed with blue egg birds can produce offspring who lay a beautiful lighter olive shade, often with freckles. It's been noted that Olive Eggers can also be produced by a parent from a light tan egg crossed to a bird from a blue egg. With this combination, the offspring could give eggs in a very light minty green, a light teal green, or even a blue/green. As you can see, OE's green shade may vary widely from khaki, olive green, dark mossy green and deep olive green. Every color is interesting and a great to dress up to any egg basket.
Olive Eggers and Easter Eggers can be quite an assorted bunch depending on their parentage. These lovely chickens come in a wide variety of colors and combs, feathered legs and clean legs, really big and not so big, muffed, bearded, or not, rumpless or big bottomed. Typically, you'll find them to be large fowl that are friendly and hardy; this makes them a great choice for a family flock. Most have a calm, curious, active temperament. All are great birds for your backyard or barnyard!