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Welsummer : Eggs and Genetics

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Howdy!

 

I have a question! If someone has a Welsummer Hen but she doesn't produce dark brown eggs, say hers are lighter with brown spots etc. would that mean that her offspring will also tend to have the same coloring?

 

Any thoughts are appreciated. :)

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Very likely. Lighter brown eggs are not uncommon with hatchery quality Welsummer hens that do not meet SOP standards.


Edited by Michael OShay - 1/14/16 at 2:17pm
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I have had one Welsummer lay very dark eggs, one lay the lighter eggs with blotches, and several Welsummer crosses that laid just regular brown eggs, which the breeder fully expected as the dark brown is not dominant.

 

The dark brown wash is pretty complicated genetics, and once you've lost it in the hen, she won't be adding it to her offspring.

 

It has been my experience that once lost, it doesn't throw back...but I am just starting my dark egg breeding program.

 

I've read that typically you get a middle road if you breed dark to light...a middle tan. If you breed light/splotchy to dark??? I don't think you'll get dark.

 

I remove those hens from the breeding as I don't won't that cropping up in my dark line.

 

LofMc


Edited by Lady of McCamley - 1/15/16 at 4:19pm
Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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