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Easter egged cross

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ktown1787, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. ktown1787

    ktown1787 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a buff orpingtonx Easter egger cross male that I am thinking about keeping. He is buff colored with black striping in his hackle. He got the beard and peacomb from mom but is yellow legged. Will his offspring lay green eggs?
     
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Irish Colleen Premium Member

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    I think I would put this in the General breed discussions & FAQ forum, but I do believe the chick will get the blue egg gene passed on not sure what the chances are of it laying that color though.
     
  3. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It may depend on what you breed him with. I have a reverse bird, a hen, not a rooster who lays the nicest blue eggs (not green). And now I have a four week old daughter from her whose father is an Ameraucana so it will be interesting to see what she lays.
     
  4. ktown1787

    ktown1787 Out Of The Brooder

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    I plan to breed him back to full blooded ameracaunas. I just thought maybe the yellow legs would be a sign for egg color.
     
  5. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Irish Colleen Premium Member

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    No, I believe the indication of egg color is earlobes (correct me somebody if I'm wrong).
     
  6. MonicainAZ

    MonicainAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes and no. Earlobe color will tell you white vs. brown eggs. Blue is controlled seperately. Blue is basically blue+white, Green is brown+blue, Olive is dark brown+blue.

    An easter egger is a blue egg bred to brown egg breed, to get green. An EE will have a brown/white and blue/clear genes. Brown and blue are both dominant.

    This rooster will be brown/? (since he got a brown from the BO and either brown or white from EE). Could be either clear/clear or clear/blue on the blue gene. It does seem that it is more likely clear/clear because he doesn't have green eggs, but the peacomb would indicate he might. However, there's no may to know for sure.

    BUT - to complicate things....

    If you breed to pure ameraucaunas, these are white/white and bule/blue. So the babies will be white/? and blue/? - and should lay blue or green eggs.

    Is that clear as mud? LOL
     
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  8. MonicainAZ

    MonicainAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I realized I made an error and went back and corrected it, lol
     
  9. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hatchery EE hen has white earlobes, and lays pinkish eggs. Her legs are slate, with white on the bottom of her foot. She is also bearded.
     

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