Are Welsummers used to breed EE's?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Jashdon, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. Jashdon

    Jashdon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    Snohomish, WA
    I've notice that a lot of EE hens that I see have very similar feather coloring as Welsummer hens. Especially the black feathers with yellow margins or edges on the back of the neck. Do they use Welsummer chickens to breed EE's?
  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    The Brown Wheaton EEs are very common, even back in the 70's when I first learned about those chickens. It was way before Welsummers came in the picture.

    You certainly can breed Wellies to EE;s to get some dark olive eggers.
  3. Chickndaddy

    Chickndaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2007
    East Texas
    I seem to remember reading somewhere (and of course I an't remember where) that if you allow different colors of chickens to breed that eventually you will get to a partridge color which is what Welsummers are. Kind of like pigeons left up to their own devices inevitably end up with the grey (wild rock pigeon coloration). Easter eggers are so crossed maybe that is why they end up with a partridge like coloration... [​IMG]
  4. wclawrence

    wclawrence Chillin' With My Peeps

    One would think that indiscriminate mating would return you to wild pattern in almost any animal.
    Wild type for chickens, however, is "duckwing" aka "e+"
    More specifically, red duckwing or bb red.

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