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Breeding Darker Eggs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by bigredfeather, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wanting to get my Black Austalorp and Buff Orpington hens to lay darker eggs. If I cross breed these with a Welsummer, will it create a hen that lays darker eggs? I'm am still uneducated about cross breeding, so please don't think this is a stupid question. It may not even be possible to get darker eggs by cross breeding, that's why I'm asking the experts.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wouldn't it be easier to get a dark egg laying breed?
     
  3. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes it would probably be easier, but I'm trying to work with what I have.
     
  4. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know the answer but we recently rescued a Cuckoo Maran roo and my RIR eggs have gone from a nice light-medium brown to a very dark brown. The only change in their lives is adding the CM Roo to the yard so I figure he's got to be the reason. My RIR hens are 2.5 yrs old. I always thought that the Hen had the only influence on egg coloring, now I'm thinking I was wrong LOL

    Michelle
     
  5. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    The cock bird does not affect the colour of egg that existing birds lay. He can only affect the offspring.
     
  6. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2007
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    Quote:Exactly what I thought till this happened. Hmmm I wonder why my girls' eggs got so much darker?

    Michelle
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Hormones? Eggscited about having a man in their lives?
     
  8. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL! They've always had a roo with them so I don't think that's it.

    Michelle
     
  9. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Bigred, yes, if you bred your girls to a roo bred from a dark egg laying line, their offspring should lay darker. Good luck! [​IMG] It's fun doing these little home projects!
     

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