Breeding a darker Easter Egger

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ChickenFootRnch, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. ChickenFootRnch

    ChickenFootRnch Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering if breeding a Maran Roo with an EE would result in making the offspring lay darker eggs. Or should one use an EE Roo and Maran hen since "egg color" is primarily carried on the male gene? Or am I just all wrong with this one. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    you are partially correct, as the brown egg color is a polygenic trait(many genes at play) and some of those genes may infact be located on the sex chromosome, so its always a safe bet to use a dark egger over a none dark egger hen, just incase this theory is infact correct.
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Either way you will get a chicken that lays a brownish-green egg - an "Olive Egger"
     
  4. ChickenFootRnch

    ChickenFootRnch Out Of The Brooder

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    Follow up Question, In theory puting the dark egger over an Ameracana would give a darker blue egg?
     
  5. ChickenFootRnch

    ChickenFootRnch Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel, just enjoy the genitics of chickins and trying to use it to "get what I want". LOL [​IMG]
     
  6. punk-a-doodle

    punk-a-doodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would love to find a chicken that lays a darker blue egg, so will be watching this thread.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Nope. The brown will dilute the blue, giving you a dark/muddy green. Search "olive eggers" to see what you get with this mix.
     
  8. ChickenFootRnch

    ChickenFootRnch Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank You I shall do more research!! To the LAB!!! [​IMG]
     

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