I think our goats have started laying eggs.
I don’t know how or, quite frankly, why, but there’s indisputable evidence that they have.
As luck would have it, there’s no discernible difference between goat eggs and chicken eggs, so we’ve decided to go ahead and eat the goat eggs as well.
The weather is too cold for hatching now, but we are excited to see the little goat babies when they hatch.
But, as cute as newly-hatched goat kids probably are, what I really want to talk about are Olive Egger Chickens.
About seven or eight months back, I acquired some Olive Eggers from a friend. I was hoping for a more diversified flock and, consequently, a more varied collection of eggs. I didn’t know very much about Olive Eggers, but I managed to learn a little bit over time.
Olive Eggers are (obviously, I think) named for the color of their eggs. They are not a breed unto themselves, but are a cross between a dark-egg laying breed (Black Copper Marans, for instance) and a blue-egg laying breed (frequently Americauna or Aracauna). They are reported to be prolific egg producers, good winter layers, and more skittish than other birds.
These were the facts as they were presented to me.
Fine, I said. That all sounds good to me, I said.
But the Olive Eggers I got from a friend have not yet started laying any eggs. This is mainly because all but one of them turned out to be roosters. So, while I was enjoying some rooster noodle soup the other day, imagine my surprise when Dave walked in with a beautiful olive green egg!
The confusing thing about this set of circumstances, however, was that only moments before I had noticed that our OE hen had yet to leave the coop that very cold day and Dave had found this egg in the garage.
Me: “Are you sure you found this in the garage?”
Dave: “Yes, why?”
Me: “Was there a hen nearby?”
Dave: “Yeah, the white one.”
Me: “But that’s not an Olive Egger”
Dave: “Umm. Apparently it is.”
So, here’s my conundrum. The “white one” is a bird we hatched last spring. It is, without question, a mix between a Black Copper Marans rooster and a Rhode Island Red hen. We know this for sure. The thing is, Rhode Island Reds don’t lay blue eggs and they are not mentioned anywhere when one is researching Olive Eggers.
And yet, a green egg came out of this bird.
So, I’m happy and confused and more confident than ever that you can’t trust everything you learn when chickens are the subject at hand.