Easter Eggers

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tyler2740, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. tyler2740

    tyler2740 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys, im new to the EE's and i was wondering when breeding them what determines the egg color the offspring will have? Thanks!
     
  2. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    EE's tend to have a greenish blue, Olive, or pinkish brown eggs. It is pretty much the luck of the draw. If you breed Green eggs to green eggs you will usually get green. Some might lay a brown egg. If you put a Dark Egg Rooster (like a Welsummer or Maran) over a EE Hen you will usually get Olive/ Turquorise Eggs.

    Nate
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Olive / Turquoise? Apologies but there's a big difference between those. If you get turquoise your dark brown layer/carrier isn't pure. [​IMG] Now yes some F1 "olive egger" pullets may lay random off-colored eggs but far as I've known, none end up that color.

    With males it will be hard to say, but the egg color in offspring is determined with the parent's genetic makeup for egg color. It is easy to tell with hens because you see it, but with roosters it in most cases can just be judged with theory on comb type, shape, and size/tightness. Otherwise it's a wildcard.

    So, a blue laying hen x small pea combed male = likely blue layers, but you might get green

    Green laying hen x single combed male = likely brown, a few green layers

    Brown laying hen x pea combed male of whatever size, long as it it doesn't largely flop to one side = nice green eggs of varying shades

    Dark brown laying hen x small pea combed male = nice olive green eggs.


    Now if you know the rooster's parents that really helps.
     
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  4. chicken fever

    chicken fever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So if I crossed my black star, orpington, Jersey giant, or new Hampshire hens to [​IMG]my splash americauna ( pictured below) they would produce diff shades of green correct?
     
  5. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    That could have hens that lay greenish eggs. Its all a guess and you never know until they start laying what color you will get.

    Nate
     
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    WellI gotta break it to you, that's no Ameraucana nor splash in color, but yes, you'll get off shades of green, possibly some brown too.
     
  7. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    So,
    Illia What would be his correct coloring? Columbian with Melanizers (Spelling)?
     
  8. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    No, just a golden (silver and gold genes both) duckwing with Columbian. Possibly Wheaten with columbian too. Or half and half. In fact if he's less yellow than pictured he may just be a sun-bleached silver duckwing/wheaten with Columbian.

    Melanizers will increase the amount of black.
     
  9. chicken fever

    chicken fever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So is he an EE? I bought him from a breeder in N Dallas and they claimed he was pure Americauna! I am so new to all this breeding and well chickens in general that I was spoofed! darn me for not looking into it first. His yellow is pretty bright. So I am now totally confused as to what he is breed and coloring!!! HEEELLLPPP!!!!!
     
  10. chicken fever

    chicken fever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are my hens that are claimed to be americaunas. Are they or just EE?[​IMG]
     

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