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Cross breeding?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SqueakyRoseShalom, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. SqueakyRoseShalom

    SqueakyRoseShalom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    I am fairly new at raising chickens; I started last April. We started off with 2 white Leghorns, 2 Black Australorps, 1 Silver-laced Wyandotte, and 1 Plymouth Rock. Then we added 2 Black Copper Marans, 2 Americaunas (easter eggers), and 1 link. One of the Americaunas turned out to be a rooster, so now we are considering hatching some eggs. I know nothing about breeding, but I am not against having mixed breeds. Is there any reason why I should not hatch eggs from my sundry mix of hens and my Americauna rooster?

    Also, what should I expect from the mixing of my rooster specifically with my Black Coppers? They lay a chocolate brown egg, and Americaunas lay a blue-green egg. Will the baby chick lay one color or the other? or a strange mix?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    No reason to not hatch your eggs. The EE X Marans may produce pullets that lay an olive green egg. This is assuming that the EE carries the 'blue egg' gene.
  3. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    On a little Farm.
    I've also heard that when the truely dedicated geneticist somehow gets both the blue-egg gene and the chocolate-egg gene pure, the result is a Loden green egg -- VERY rare and amazing.
  4. SqueakyRoseShalom

    SqueakyRoseShalom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    Thanks to the both of you! I will give this a go=).

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