I need some advice. I have a few Buckeyes, and they have just started laying eggs. The size is fine, but the shape is terrible., long and thin. How do I fix this? I have no idea how egg shape is inherited (posted the question on a genetics thread and got no answers, and I don't have access to anything but abstracts from papers in journals).
If I cross a hen that lays a long egg like this with a rooster from a hen that laid a "normal" shaped egg, will the eggs from the F1 pullets be intermediate in shape? Or will one shape or the other be
The egg on the left is from a Buckeye pullet. All the hatching eggs were kind of ugly, long like this, so it's clearly set in the line. Other lines of Buckeyes have better egg shape, I'll need to get some of those. Depending on how this trait is inherited will decide whether or not I breed from this line at all. Egg quality is important to me.
The one on the right is from a sex link mutt pullet (unknown cross). This egg has a "perfect" egg index of 74 (width divided by length x100) .
The eggs are a bit distorted by the wide angle cell phone lens. Does anyone have experience with breeding hens laying atypical eggs?
I had a hen lay a egg like that. I just used them for breakfast and baking...