EE mix

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by asheshp, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. asheshp

    asheshp Out Of The Brooder

    31
    4
    29
    Jun 15, 2016
    PA
    Is there anyway to tell what produced my EEs? Meaning what breed of chicken was mixed with Ameraucana. What I mostly want to know is if my EEs have any brown laying genes? Not sure if it is possible to tell.
     
  2. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    922
    129
    131
    Sep 25, 2015
    Minnesota
    Do you have pictures?
     
  3. asheshp

    asheshp Out Of The Brooder

    31
    4
    29
    Jun 15, 2016
    PA
    [​IMG]
    Ginger

    [​IMG]
    Fawkes
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    31,451
    3,545
    538
    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    They look like classic hatchery EE. If that's the case, likely nothing was mixed with them. They've been bred as EE for generations, likely decades depending on the hatchery. Personally, I think Leghorn blood may have been infused from time to time to boost production, but I have no proof of that. I don't see any point to infusing brown egger breeds, though, as that would cause them to lose egg color for a generation or so. But who knows what the hatcheries do?

    If your hens lay blue eggs, they're "pure" for the blue egg gene. If they lay green, they have one blue and one brown gene. that's a good way to tell.
     
  5. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    922
    129
    131
    Sep 25, 2015
    Minnesota
    They are soooo CUTE![​IMG]

    Aren't they just hatchery EE?
     
  6. asheshp

    asheshp Out Of The Brooder

    31
    4
    29
    Jun 15, 2016
    PA
    I am new to this so I didn't realize they bred them for generations like that. They lay amazingly so the leghorn idea makes sense. Ginger's eggs are slightly greenish compared to my others but I am not sure if it is really green enough to have had any brown.

    I am going to hatch chicks from them this spring and was just curious what the chicks would likely lay.

    Thanks! I think they are pretty cute too and such sweethearts!
     
  7. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    922
    129
    131
    Sep 25, 2015
    Minnesota
    That's okay.[​IMG] They sure are![​IMG]
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    21,533
    5,009
    421
    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Just FYI, a hen can be pure for the blue shell gene AND have genes for brown coating. And just because a hen lays blue does not mean that she's pure for the blue shell gene.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    84,700
    14,561
    816
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    x 2 donrae
     
  10. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps

    +3. The blue shell gene (lets use the proper term here [​IMG] ) is dominant, so even if the hen has one blue and one white shell gene it will still produce a blue or green egg, the green tint coming from the brown coating added onto the shell. And to my knowledge there are at least three or four recognized breeds of chicken that have blue shell genes.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by