Egg color from hybrid hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mrs. Mucket, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a genetic question--not sure if this is the right section for it: If a white-egg or green-egg laying hen is crossed with a brown-egg breed rooster, what color eggs will their "daughters" lay? Or is it a little of this and a little of that?
     
  2. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    I have two hens who's mother was a brown egg layer (Orpington) and father was a green egg layer and one lays a brown egg, one lays a greenish egg.
    I have almost the same mix (one different breed, Maran) and those hens lay a olive egg.

    I was wondering what egg color you would get with a blue egg layer (Arucana) crossed with a dark brown egg layer (Maran)? different shade of olive?
     
  3. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You must have a beautiful assortment of eggs. Who needs dye for Easter eggs? Hopefully we'll be hatching some crosses out this spring so I guess we'll have some new colors next fall.
     
  4. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    The brown egg trait is dominant so they will mostly lay brown eggs.
     
  5. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah so are egg color traits somewhat like eye color in humans?
     
  6. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    a bit dark but this are yesterday's eggs
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  7. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Assuming the birds are pure for egg color genes (except for green and olive which are produced by being heterozygous for two colors).

    brown + white=brown
    brown + blue=green
    brown + green=1/2 brown, 1/2 green
    brown + chocolate=dark brown
    white + blue=light blue
    white + green=half light blue, half brown
    white + chocolate=??? (average brown?)
    blue + green=half blue, half green
    blue + chocolate=olive
    green + chocolate=half olive, half dark brown

    I'm 99% sure this is all correct. Feel free to correct me if any of them are wrong.

    ETA: The ones in bold I'm 100% sure are correct. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2011

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