Does the breed of a rooster affect egg color?

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  1. tracecom

    tracecom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My question is in the title. I don't think that the breed of a rooster affects the color of the egg, but I wanted to ask. I have some RIRs, buff orps, and black copper marans that should start laying in a few weeks. The roo that will be with them is a BCM. My expectation is that the egg color will be dictated by the breed of the hen, and be totally unaffected by the breed of the roo. Correct?
     
  2. I was just wondering that myself. Seems obvious but not to me. [​IMG]
     
  3. The ChickenKing

    The ChickenKing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, the color will not be affected
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Correct. The color of the egg is controlled by the genetics of the hen. It does not matter what rooster she mates with, her egg color will not be changed. She doesn’t even need to mate with a rooster to lay eggs.
     
  5. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her eggs will not be affected but the sire will affect the egg color of his offspring.
     
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  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    And, he will affect the color of his offspring's eggs
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    Are you asking if mating with this rooster will change the color that the hen lays? If so, no.
    If you are asking about the color of eggs laid by resulting offspring then the answer is yes.
     
  8. ShockValue

    ShockValue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This ^

    Was just typing this out.. But you said it better.
     
  9. NFlaFlocks

    NFlaFlocks Out Of The Brooder

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    I know it's a bit off topic butcould If breed my brown leghorn to a larger brown egg producing breed what will happen? Larger cream colored egg
     
  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Most likely.
     

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