Olive Egger Chickens
Our "Olive Egger" Chickens are a "project" breed, currently being worked on by only a few individuals. We received our Barred Olive Eggers directly from Patty Carson's Olive Egger Project lines.
The barred coloration is something most people that keep chickens have seen. Barred Rocks, and several other birds carry the barring in their feathers. The barring gene is an absence of coloration in the feather. The barring gene causes white pigment in bars on a color. This barring gene has been used to help produce new colorations and to create breeds of birds that produce chicks that, at hatch, each sex has a different coloration.
Using the barred gene to create chicks of two different colors helps to identify at hatching whether it is a pullet or a cockerel. This makes it very easy to tell who is a male and who is a female right at hatch! This is particularly useful for those who live in the city and cannot have roosters.
Since this is a "Project" breed, we are still working on getting it standardized. As such, the chicks can be either barred or black, have beards or clean faces, and have feathered or clean shanks. And are not sexable yet at hatch; that takes a few generations, but we are working on it!
Our Olive Eggers are a nice sized, extremely friendly chicken, who lay amazing extra large Olive green eggs.
Please see our Store Page for the availability of our Olive Eggers.
Olive Egger on left, Marans on right