Originally Posted by nicalandia
Thats not correct, Say if you cross your Cream Legbar or Ameraucana rooster to a brow egg shell pullet, guess whats going to happen? all of the progeny(F1s) will carry one copy of the blue egg shell gene, so they will lay blue/green eggs, now if you cross this females with a brown or white egger rooster you would have only 50% chance in obtaining more blue/green eggers, BUT the task is ALOT easier if you use Easter Egger or Ameraucana because the Blue egg shell gene is linked to the Pea Comb ver close and any hen hatched with pea comb will have about 96% chance of laying green/blue eggs
So I should be safe keeping on of the EE roosters and using him as long as he has a pea comb? Which, all of them do, so it would then be deciding which one to keep based off of feather coloring.
If my pullet/hen is already laying blue/green, would it still be ok to use the CL rooster? I'm getting 4 CL pullets and 1 CL cockerel tomorrow, between 5-11 months old. They don't have crests, and I honestly don't plan to breed them to sell chicks. The only reason I would hatch any eggs from them is to keep blue layers in our small flock. The biggest reason I'm getting the cockerel is for the EE pullets.
I don't really want to keep 2 roosters but it won't be an issue if we do. I don't want to breed and EE cockerel to the CL pullets/hens, if I do end up hatching CL eggs, I want them to be CL only. On the EE eggs, I don't care which rooster/cockerel I use as long as I'm keeping the eggs from going brown. We have brown layers and that's not what I'm wanting EE for.
So, would it be best to keep 2 roosters, one CL and one EE and keep them with their hens? Or would it be ok to keep the CL with the EE, just knowing we would probably lose the rose comb, but the blue egg gene is still there.
Chicken genetics totally stump me! I usually catch onto things quick, genetics are the exception to this rule, shhhh don't tell my husband...
Also, here are the EE cockerels we would be deciding who to keep from. There are 2 black/white, 2 red/brown and 1 white. The white one is my favorite personality wise so far but his legs aren't very dark and I would really like a few more dark pullets, that is if she lays a pretty egg. Any suggestions on who might be the best choice?