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Ameraucana Roo X Leghorn Hen???

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Hoping someone can save me a year or two on breeding. Ameraucana Roo X Leghorn Hen- Anyone know if the offspring would throw a blueish egg? Would it have better production than a pure Ameraucana?

I currently sell RIR eggs and people know that I am in the process of breeding Marans and I am adding Ameraucana's. They have expressed interest in colored eggs.

The Marans and Ameraucana's I am breeding purely for improving the breeds so I am obviously going to have some culls and no way I'm selling purebred eggs for eating, so I had thought of maybe cross breeding in order to get various shades (pure novelty for my customers). One thing I am concerned with is laying production. I have no interest in having multiple pricing structures for eating eggs and I want to make sure that the feed/production ratios work.

Have you crossed colored eggers with production breeds?

Any idea of production numbers(yearly) for Marans, Ameraucanas? Then crosses?

Have you come up with your own high production EEgger?

Lots of questions I know....but I'm sure I'll have more.

TIA

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My blue wheaten/wheaten pullets are turning into some great egg layers....3-5 a week.
My GC Maran gives me maybe 1 or 2 eggs a week!

MY BW roo has been breeding my high production leghorns... I have a CA White 5 eggs a week, A PW Leghorn 5-6 eggs a week and a LB Leghorn 4-5 days a week.  I'm going to incubate some of their eggs to see what kind of EEs I end up with.

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Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

"With God, ALL things are possible."

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I have crossed a wheaten ameraucana rooster with a leghorn hen and got some nice pullets that are white with black spots and they lay a large pale blue egg.  The blue egg laying gene comes from the rooster with a pea comb and is passed on to his daughters.
while you're at it for colored eggs get some australorps.  They are one of the best producers and mine lay pink eggs.
Good luck with your chickens

Blue and splash Silkies, Black copper Marans,  Seramas, and quail .
 

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Blue and splash Silkies, Black copper Marans,  Seramas, and quail .
 

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Oops, I just realized I posted this in the Incubating forum. I was searching around in separate forums before asking my question and accidentally posted it here instead of the genetics forum...sorry. I'll re-post there.

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