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Breeding for egg color

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by CarriesPeeps, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. CarriesPeeps

    CarriesPeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to selective breeding my chickens and am wondering do layers inherit egg color from the hen or the rooster? For example, if I put a New Hampshire rooster over a Cuckoo Maran hen will the offspring lay dark brown eggs?
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    There are many genes asso iated with egg colour. Most are autosomal (contributed by both male amd female equally).
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    There are many genes asso iated with egg colour. Most are autosomal (contributed by both male amd female equally).
     
  4. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    as you said. Most are...so using a Maran rooster over NH hen will assure all of the other sex linked genes that may be pressent on the Maran line will be inherited by both the males and Females...

    if I would bet I would bet that a BCM roo x NH hen will produce darker eggers females. than a NH roo over BCM hens...
     
  5. CarriesPeeps

    CarriesPeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you!
     

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