Darkness of eggs and future egg color..

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Hennypen, May 13, 2010.

  1. Hennypen

    Hennypen Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    Lets say you have 2 eggs out of the same hen/same breeding. One egg is dark brown, one egg is lighter brown. Will the chick from the dark egg lay dark eggs and will the chick from the light egg lay light eggs? Does the egg color tell you how dark of eggs the chicks will lay later?

  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I'd like to know too. [​IMG]
  3. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    This is what I was told ..... I don't know if it is true or not...
    A hen's eggs are siblings, like you are with your brothers and sisters. And, in the same manner that you produce children different than your siblings, so will the chicks from these eggs. Meaning, one should only incubate the darkest eggs, to continue the darkest genes are passed on. It made sense to me. [​IMG]

    I have heard others say, "They have the genes to produce darker eggs," regarding the lighter eggs. I am not too convinced on that one. Simply because, in human terms, I know my siblings and I do not have the exact same genes or potential.

    I have no experience for comparison of these theories; just passing on what I have been told. I currently have 6 of my very darkest eggs in the incubator, and plan to band these chicks and watch what they produce in the future. I am not incubating any light eggs, as I think it may be a waste of time. [​IMG]

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