Easter Egger club!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by EastinChickens, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. Lauravonsmurf

    Lauravonsmurf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Insanity is correct there is a link to earlobe color sort of but not to EE eggs, the reason for this myth about earlobes is the earlobe color link is not a natural link but an artificially selected for link, in other words someone got the bright idea to breed white earlobes on birds that lay white eggs, so it is not a true gentic link it is a selected for trait in some breeds but not all & many breeds that have white earlobes do not lay white eggs, and some red eared birds lay white eggs and not brown. So you can't really tell till they lay. Puddings in the proof as they say.
     
  2. egillum

    egillum New Egg

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    Rose and Blanche![​IMG]
     
  3. kabhyper1

    kabhyper1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If the earlobe thing was accurate, then silkies would lay turquoise eggs LOL. I have never had a hen lay eggs the color of her earlobes, even my minorcas lay tan eggs not white like they are supposed to per white earlobes.
     
  4. Firbrd

    Firbrd Out Of The Brooder

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    Seemed to good to be true. I still have a long wait until I find out what colors we are going to get. I'll try and be patient.
     
  5. Lauravonsmurf

    Lauravonsmurf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Waiting is so hard [​IMG]Now in therory you could breed a bird with blue or greenish earlobes... you need white earlobes for bluish earlobes and yellow earlobes for greenish ones then just add the black/dark skin factor. Should get pretty Ears like on the Silkies. [​IMG]
     
  6. sahmhomesteader

    sahmhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I think it is official. I asked you all about a week ago if this chick was a roo...this morning I am pretty sure this little guy tried to crow. I can't be sure because I have never raised baby chicks and never heard a juvenile roo crow, but I think that is what he was doing lol.

    So now I have a new question. How many chickens can 1 roo take care of? If he is a rooster, I will have him with 16 hens. I am actually really happy at this news as we lost a chick to a hawk last week, and I will have added peace of mind with a roo on the lookout.
     
  7. jerryse

    jerryse Overrun With Chickens

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    From what I have read 17 hens. Anymore and fertility drops.
     
  8. chick rookie

    chick rookie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always been told that a good roo can take care of up to 12 hens. Thats the ratio I go buy anyway.
     
  9. sahmhomesteader

    sahmhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm...if I don't mind if every egg is fertile, then would 1 roo be okay for that amount of hens? I am concerned that if I buy a young cockerel that wasn't handled by me and my boys, that my toddlers may have a higher chance of getting flogged.
     
  10. cabinchicky

    cabinchicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have my first roo now and his main purpose is guarding and watching out for my girls. I really hope he will be too overworked with 30 ladies,but if a few do manage to brood so be it.I really hope I can pair him with a few next year if temperament is good.Just pray he and my one year olds will get along when they meet.I hope to add a second coop next year then get a string of blue giants and roo.Pray my dream will come true, working hard for it.
     
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