BLUE earlobes. Not white, BLUE. Normal?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ChickenWisperer, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    KY
    I never noticed it, but my EE girl Cocco has BLUE earlobes. I know she's at least 2+ years, possibly 3+. And they are BLUE, and she does lay blue eggs. My spitzhauben girl, Skye, also has VERY blue earlobes.

    I'm not talking blue tinted, I'm talking full-blown neon baby blue earlobes.

    I can get a picture, if needed.


    Is this normal?
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I've seen it before. My only hatchery-based Easter Egger has blue earlobes, though she lays (if ever) light brown eggs. Also, Silkies have a very blue earlobe and lay light brown eggs.
     
  3. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    KY
    Quote:I can't be sure of her bloodlines, I saved her from a horrific auction. But Skye is a hatchery bird from Ideal.

    I had heard of silkies blue earlobes, but I've never actually owned a silkie to see them. And I'm sure neither of my girls have silkie blood.


    Is this genetically normal, I guess is my actual question. Does it have any genetic implications? It seems strange that a white egger has them, but so does my blue egger.
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Earlobe colour has nothing to do with egg colour.
     
  5. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    KY
    Quote:I always thought it did..... so it's just another myth hid as fact? [​IMG]
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Yep. No genetic basis whatsoever. Mediterranean breeds tend to have white earlobes and lay white eggs; american and asiatic breeds tend to have red earlobes and lay brown eggs, but htere are a number of examples of white lobed birds who lay brown eggs and red lobed birds who lay white. I'll try to think of examples, but it's late.
     
  7. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    KY
    Quote:Wow. Thanks for telling me that. You learn something new every day!
     

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