Anyone ever work on egg color?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Bettacreek, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    5,517
    36
    278
    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    Well, I noticed that a seller on ebay had blue button eggs. I contacted them about it, but they said they only got a few. I ended up buying some button eggs that had a possibility of throwing splash. They arrived today, and I noticed a good bit of them are blue. I've also had purplish ones from the local breeder. Has anyone tried for egg color? I'm thinking that I could set up multiple brooders and divide the hatcher up to keep the blue eggs seperate, then toss those chicks into a different brooder to see what I can do with them once they start laying. Anyone have any input?
     
  2. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    8,672
    71
    301
    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    Blue eggs are normally from hens that layed early, though there is some genetics involved sometmes. Brown eggs are ones that stayed in juuust long enough. Green are ones that were layed even earlier than the blues [​IMG]
     
  3. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    5,517
    36
    278
    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    That's crazy. Thanks, that'll save me from having extra brooders, lol. Kind of a shame though, figured it'd be neat to have ones laying specific colors. [​IMG]
    Why would they be laying too early? Not enough calcium or ???
     
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    8,672
    71
    301
    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    Quote:some lay early due to stress i've heard others dunno why just do! LOL! But remember dont be too bummed I read there IS SOME genetics involved sometimes. I say if these blue eggs if you hatch chicks from them and those hens grow up and lay ONLY Blue eggs then you'll know you've got yourself a gene instead of an early bloomer so to speak [​IMG]

    Shelley had an interesting thiing happen with button eggs and the color prooved who layed the egg in the end.... it was something like and extra egg when there wasnt supposed to be an extra, and here the hen layed the blue or green one so early the same day that she was able to lay again a second time later that day. [​IMG]
     
  5. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    5,517
    36
    278
    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    Lol. Shelley gets a double egg, and I'm still sitting on my hands with my birds, lol. However, I'm starting to think that my two whites are both girls. If so, I'm going to toss them into a community cage with my cinnamon roo so that I can make the most of it, at least if this is the case, 2/3 of my eggs will at least carry the white gene. [​IMG]

    I guess I will take the time to keep the eggs seperate, it won't really hurt anything if they are just eggs that were laid early, I can just use slightly smaller brooders instead of the 20g long tanks, which are heavy anyways.
     
  6. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    8,672
    71
    301
    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    Quote:I think both ideas are really good! If they are both hens in your white, maybe your cinnamon roo carries white and then you'll get suprises! [​IMG]

    and i think it might be worth it to do that with the eggs, if it doesnt put you out in anyway whynot you may be pleasantly suprised! [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by