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Friday, August 17, 2012

Abigail's (or Amy's) First Egg! It's Olive Green!

~our first Olive Egg~
As soon as I heard about the new breed called an Olive Egger earlier this year, I know I wanted some.  A black chicken (my favorite!) with cheek puffs and feathered feet that lays olive green eggs? What's not to love!

For more on the breed, read Marans + Ameraucana = Olive Egger.
~our Olive Egger rooster, John Quincy Adams~

I was thrilled to get some hatching eggs from Chicken Scratch Poultry in March.  We hatched our very first chicks from those eggs. Follow along day by day HERE.   

We have two beautiful Olive Egg hens named Abigail and Amy and a regal rooster named John Quincy Adams. 
~Abigail, Amy and John Quincy Adams~
I've been patiently waiting for the first olive egg from one of the two girls.  And waiting...

Several days ago, I caught Abigail checking out one of the nesting boxes and got my hopes up. But nothing.
~Abigail checking out her options~

Then just now when I was in the coop collecting eggs, look what I found!
~today's bounty~

Our first Olive Egg!
~it sure it olive-colored~

Twenty-one weeks old today, Abigail (or maybe it was Amy) laid her first egg!

Just when you think this chicken keeping is old hat, something exciting like this happens and it's all new and exciting again!
~neat new color to add to our assortment~
Have I mentioned how much I have been looking forward to olive green eggs?
Doing a happy dance!


This post is featured here: The Homestead Barn Hop

11 comments:

  1. Hooray for Abigail or was it Amy!? Those olive colored eggs sure are pretty. I may have to get me a few of those gals to. Your hens are so pretty. So is Mr Adams, the roo.

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  2. I have no idea which one it was but I'm guessing Abigail :0) They are really gorgeous birds. Glossy with the green sheen over the black. And John Q. hardly crows and so far has let our other rooster take the lead and is quite mellow.

    I highly recommend Chicken Scratch Poultry. All the chicks and eggs I got from them are wonderful.

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  3. Mine is 18 weeks old, and I am totally holding my breath. We were very simple (we have kids) so her name is Olive (think Popeye) - she is a cross between a splash Marans and a black Ameraucana. oooh, so maybe 3 more weeks for us to see our first one. Still waiting for batch #1 that is 19 1/2 wks to lay first.

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  4. Now, I want some! How pretty!

    Sonja Twombly of
    http://lallybrochfarms.blogspot.com/

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  5. Now I am really excited! My business is Black Rooster Cottage BUT don't really need or want a Black Roo so.... a Black Maran will fit the bill nicely AND I love the olive eggs!! We have 4 Cochins now that lay a variety of color. A few more months and we'll be on acreage for more hens! Thanks for sharing your (her) first egg!

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  6. It is fun having chickens. We are getting green and blue eggs now.

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  7. So happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am patiently waiting for my first egg EVER!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Very interesting! Our first time to see an olive coloured egg...can't help but envy you:)

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  9. Oh how fun!! I love the different colors of eggs. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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