EE and ear color - White v. Red genetics

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by turtleblossom, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. turtleblossom

    turtleblossom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a flock of about 20 Easter Eggers, plus a few others. I have found that my EE's that have a white ear, or mostly white; tend to lay a light colored egg. Is this a coincidence?
    I know that in most breeds, a red ear means a brown egg layer, while a white ear indicates a white egg layer. But Easter Eggers do not breed true, and I'm not sure if the gene for egg color is related to the gene for ear color.
    I know that the gene for pea comb is related to the blue egg gene, and my pea comb-ish hens do tend to lay blue or green eggs.
     
  2. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    As far as I've read white ear lobes is a polygenic trait. I doubt there would be any linkage. For instance, while it is a breed fault to have white in the ear lobe of breeds which have red earlobes as standard, some white in the earlobes does sometimes occur but the colour of eggs the bird lays does not seem to be affected.
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    The white earlobes white eggs; red ear lobes brown eggs are coincidental (and not entirely accurate). There is no genetic linkage, although due to the common occurrance you might speculate that the EEs with white earlobes may be more likely to not carry brown egg genes, allowing for a clearer blue--speculation--test and see if it works for your specific birds
     

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