EE Egg Genetic Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Buckguy20, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

    Apr 13, 2007
    Choctaw Oklahoma
    How can I tell if EE roosters carry the blue egg color gene?
    Is breeding them the only way to tell?
    I have two gorgeous cockerals that are out of an Ameraucana rooster but not sure what breed of hens.
    They are colored just like the sire but do not have muffs. They do have the dark legs.
  2. CANDLE98

    CANDLE98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2008
    Meridian Idaho
    I believe the pea comb is the teller of the blue egg gene.
  3. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2010
    Roanoke Alabama
    I was thinking you would have to breed them and wait till the chicks grow up and they lay. But I may be wrong my first ee haven't started laying yet. But I think mine has a pea comb and I hope she lays blue eggs.
  4. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
    West/Central IL
    Quote:Yes , breeding is the only sure way to find out . If the Ameraucana was pure for the blue egg gene , then your EE would carry at least one copy regardless of the hen . Unfortunately , not all Ameraucanas are pure for blue eggs , but the majority are .
  5. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

    Apr 13, 2007
    Choctaw Oklahoma
    Thanks everyone,
    I was trying to decide if I wanted to start a two year breeding project with these EE cockerals next spring.
    I guess that won't be happening.
    I'll just put them in my pen of many colors.

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