Egg Color/Earlobe Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sunnychooks, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand that generally the color of the earlobes will indicate the color of the egg. In the case of mixes, does that still hold true? I have some Partridge Rock X Leghorn mixes and would like to know if I can tell the color of the eggs before they start to lay. Or is one color a dominant trait?
    Just curious....
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    The genes aren't linked, but there does tend to be a correlation between the breeds that have red earlobes and those that lay brown eggs; likewise with white earlobes and eggs. However, there are exceptions.

    If you breed a white egglayer to a brown egglayer, chances are pretty high that you will get brown eggs, although they may be lighter in shade.
     

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