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Egg Color/Earlobe Question

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

  1. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Songster

    Jul 21, 2007
    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

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    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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