EE rooster - will babies lay colored eggs?

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  1. amaurichick

    amaurichick Out Of The Brooder

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    A friend of mine gave me a nice mixture of eggs from her flock. There are some speckled sussex, lavender orpington, red sexlink, silkies and brahmas. The only rooster she has is an easter egger.

    Will the females of this mixture also lay colored eggs?
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    If the rooster is carrying one copy of the blue shell gene, about 50% of his offspring will get it too. Pullets that receive the dominant allele for blue shells will lay either blue or green depending on the mother. If they are part of the 50% that did not get it their eggs will likely be tinted (tan or brown).

    If he is homozygous for the trait, then all offspring will get a copy of the gene and pullets will lay blue/green eggs.
     
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  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Depends. If he's got a single copy of the blue shell gene, it's about 50/50 for green or shades of brown. If he's pure for the blue shell gene, green is the most likely egg color for offspring. Or he might not have the blue shell gene at all.
    There is no way to know with any certainty what you will get.
     
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  4. amaurichick

    amaurichick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I can't wait to see what happens.
     

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