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Blue Ameraucana rooster crossed with Blue Andalusian hens

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Just hatched four today. The chicks are a nice blue color. From what I understand about the genetics of egg shell color, these should lay blue eggs, correct? I thought the blue egg gene is dominant over the white egg gene. Curious what other people's results were with this cross or other ameraucana rooster crossed with white egg laying hen. Are pure bred ameraucana generally homozygous with the blue egg gene or are they more commonly heterozygous?
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A true Ameraucana rooster should be pure for the blue egg gene. I've crossed a splash Ameraucana rooster with white eggers (barred Hollands) and the offspring lay pale blue eggs. Years ago I crossed a brown Leghorn with blue egger EEs and got the same results, large pale blue eggs. So you're correct, you should have blue birds that lay blue eggs :)

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Here is a picture of the 4 of them.  1 Darker colored and 3 lighter colored.  Not sure how good the blue color shows up in the pictures.  Can't wait to see what these look like as adults.  They just hatched today.  Got them out from brooder for just a bit to take the picture.  Their color didn't show up at all with the red heat lamp shining on them.

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They're beautiful little chicks! Congrats!
Nikki
*C'mon, get flappy!*
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Nikki
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I agree...Pretty blue babies that should lay pretty light blue eggs  :D

Lof Mc

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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