Easter Egger / Olive Egger
Commonly confused with the pure bred Araucana and Ameraucana, Easter Eggers are often sold under the name of one of the aforementioned. The majority of chickens in laying flocks that lay blue or green eggs are Easter Eggers. Commonly exhibiting muffs, beards or crests, they generally resemble Ameraucanas. The color of Easter Eggers is particularly variable, and they appear in a great number of patterns.
CAUTION: If you are certain you would like to add a blue egg layer to your flock, you may want to consider purchasing a pure bred bird from a breed that lays blue eggs such as Crested Cream Legbars. Easter Eggers only have a CHANCE of laying blue eggs. Crested Cream Legbars WILL lay a blue egg.
Olive Eggers are breed to produce eggs with green shells. An Olive Egger is a cross between a dark brown egg layer and a blue egg layer. This is why hatching eggs will likely be brown or sometimes blue. The chicks that hatch from these eggs will lay eggs in some shade of green. Depending on the generation and breeds combined, the eggs can range from light mint green to dark army green. At Holly Berry Husbandry, our Olive Eggers are bred using a combination of French Black Copper Marans, Crested Cream Legbars, Blue Wheaton Ameraucanas and Welsummers.