a genetic questioned from my niece-calling all experts

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kelly FG, May 3, 2008.

  1. Kelly FG

    Kelly FG Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    I'm taking care of my Niece & nephew this weekend & she stumped me with a question I couldn't answer. I told her I'd ask the experts,
    if a chicken with the white egg gene mates with a chicken with brown egg gene what color eggs will you get?
  2. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

    Feb 17, 2007
  3. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    It would depend on the dominant gene. My have read that brown egg lays are a dominant gene. Although it is mostly likely more than one gene that controls that color, there are other genes that control the "release" of the color and so on....therefore, you could end up with a variation in the brown egg in comparison to the parent egg color--assuming the brown layer is the hen and you can visually see the egg color.
    Last edited: May 3, 2008
  4. coopist

    coopist Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    Midwest U.S.
    Well, more than one gene governs egg shell color, especially brown egg shell color; there are multiple genes, some of which may even be sex-linked (so the rooster would have more influence on his pullet offspring's egg color). But generally, brown is dominant and going to win that battle, so you can tell her that you'll get light brown eggs, and that'll be generally right.

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