Easter Eggers, are they breedable or do you have what you have

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by topdog24, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. topdog24

    topdog24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Ameraucanas and want to know if I breed the Roo to the Hens, what will i get?
     
  2. Hanna8

    Hanna8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your title says you have Easter eggers, but you say in the text that you have Ameraucanas. Which is it? Easter eggers aren't a breed, but a mix characterized mainly by laying colorful eggs. As far as breeding goes, what goes into it will determine what comes out. The chicks will be a lot like the parents, unless the parents are much different from each other. There may be some hidden traits in their genes that could pop up, but no major surprises. Can you be more specific about what you have and what information you are looking for?
     
  3. topdog24

    topdog24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First of all i want to thank you for the response. These are the EE chicks, or Americaunas, 4 pullets one roo, i bought them labeled as Americaunas/ blue/green egg layers, I understand EEs are a botched hatchling from different color egg layers, is that correct, if so will breeding them revert them back to their originl breed and colored layer? If they are true Americaunas they should retain their present traits is that correct? I know that i may not know until i hatch an egg from the breed, I just would like to have an idea of what i may end up with before hand. No point in investing time and resources in something that does not have desired end results.
     
  4. ShinShien

    ShinShien Overrun With Chickens

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    I crossed an EE hen with a welsummer cock. Their offspring look like welsummer, except the pullet has tufts and the cockerel has a walnut comb. Are the chicks EEs or just 'barnyard mix'?
     
  5. topdog24

    topdog24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are not barntard mix, i rdered them through a local feed store.They had tufts when they were a few days old, now they are in transitioning to feathers, the tufts are less visible, i expect for them to return as feathers. They were less than a week old in photo.
     
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  6. ShinShien

    ShinShien Overrun With Chickens

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    I was talking about my welsummer/EE crosses. I called them barnyard mixes.
     
  7. topdog24

    topdog24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sorry, i wasn't aware you were talking about your chicks or that you were basicaly asking a question yourself, I would have to wait and see what color egg they lay, if any color other than brown or white, i would say EE.
     
  8. ShinShien

    ShinShien Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm not sure what makes up an EE, since it's just a mixture of different breeds. I think my EE x welsummer crosses are called olive eggers, but I could be wrong.
     
  9. topdog24

    topdog24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe you are correct, if your EE lays green and Welsummer lays the dark brown, then with any luck at all, you should have Olive Eggers, Good Luck[​IMG]
     
  10. RoosterLew

    RoosterLew Chillin' With My Peeps

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    EE's are not botched anything, nor are they Ameraucanas, I underline that as it is the correct spelling of the actual breed.

    EE's come in many shapes and forms, but most commonly they are blue or green egg layers that have traits similar to Ameraucanas.
    They really can lay any color egg, and they are wonderful chickens to have. Generally they are good layers and usually lay blue or green egg. but not always.

    If your goal is a flock of colored egg layers, you most likely have those. As for passing on traits...yes and no.

    For one thing, those are not "tufts"...those are "muffs" or "beards" . "Tufts" are an Aruacana thing, not Ameraucana and are completely different - they grow out of the ears. Yes they should return as the chicks feather in.
    Most likely, two muffed and bearded birds bread together will produce muffed & bearded offspring.
    The blue egg gene will most generally pass, as will the pea shape comb. So if they lay Blue or green eggs, so will their offspring.
    Note: green eggs are a Blue egg/brown egg mix.

    Now will they "return" to being an Ameraucana through successive breeding.....only if you bred them to Ameraucanas, and then bred back to Ameraucanas...again and again until you have removed all the non-Ameraucana genes! So in other words...no.

    Gluing wood to steel, does not make it wooden steel, it makes it wood glued to steel ;)

    If the desired end result you speak of is to have True Ameraucanas, then you need to buy Ameraucanas, not Easter eggers.
    I am sorry if you thought you did, but you did not.

    Hatcheries do this every day, with every breed. If you buy a Rhode Island Red from a hatchery...it looks nothing like a Rhode Island Red should look!


    And finally: Yes, an EE cross with a Welsummer makes an Olive Egger.
     

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