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Breeding Easter Eggers

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Gingersnap722, Sep 17, 2015.

  1. Gingersnap722

    Gingersnap722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I have an Ameraucana rooster. Which breeds of hens do you recommend to breed him with to get Easter Eggers?

    Thanks, Donna
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    If you want light blue eggs, white laying hens are a good choice - if you want darker eggs then a brown laying breed is a good choice - for olive eggers a "chocolate" laying breed is needed. Beyond that, really not a big difference, imo - just choose hen breeds that meet what you want - for example, if you want a high producing Easter Egger you want to choose a hen breed that is a good production breed.
     
  3. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use any hens. I like more oddball looking EEs so I have used eggs from my Russian orloff, brabanter, brahma and for some olive eggs my welsummer. What are your goals with raising EEs and what breeds of hens do you have?
     
  4. Gingersnap722

    Gingersnap722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys. We raise our chickens to sell and people love the Easter Eggers. We have a variety of breeds of hens. Columbian Wyandotte, Light Brahma, Cochin, Buff Orpington, Cream Brabanter, Golden Laced Wyandotte, English Orpington, Dark Cornish, Blue Andalusian, Salmon Faverolle and Partridge Rock.
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    What color is your Ameraucana? Is it a true Ameraucana or a hatchery Ameraucana (Easter Egger)?
     
  6. Gingersnap722

    Gingersnap722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a black one and these two. They aren't hatchery birds since those are actually EE's. What do you think? Look good or no?[​IMG]
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  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Where did you get these roosters? How old are they?
     
  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Presumably they are meant to be brown/red Ameraucana? How old are they?
     
  9. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    No offense was meant in asking about the source - many people are not aware of the issue with hatchery sourced "Ameraucana" and operate under the assumption that their birds are what they were represented to be, not realizing that they are actually Easter Eggers. It is an important distinction in a situation such as your post where you are wanting to breed Easter Eggers using your roosters because if they were not true Ameraucana there would be the issue of the questionable genetics they would bring to the proposed Easter Egger equation.
     
  10. Gingersnap722

    Gingersnap722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No offense taken at all. We got them from a friend who assured us they were true Ameraucanas. That's one of the reasons I posted pics, so I could get some good opinions. We want to do it right. [​IMG]
     

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