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Egg color / Genetics Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by acire67, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. acire67

    acire67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just hatched out some eggs from our mixed flock. I have a Welsummer rooster over a BR, RIR, Colombian Wyandotte, Red Stars, and some EEs. Will the pullets that hatched lay dark eggs because their father is a Welsummer and carries the gene? We plan on keeping some of the hybrids and would love to have some dark egg layers. Thanks!
     
  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    I think so, but I'd like to hear what people more knowledgeable in the genetics will say. [​IMG]
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    No. If the Welsummer is from hatchery stock, the offspring are quite likely to a lay a brown just a smidgen darker than usual, but in most cases it will be a normal brown. I've crossed even the darkest laying Marans to normal brown layers and get an orangey Welsummer color, so using that back to a brown again, and, pretty sure the most you get are brown or speckled brown.

    Now, your Welsummer x EE will be an interesting one, they should create some offspring that will lay pale olive green eggs.
     
  4. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Well, darn. [​IMG]
     
  5. acire67

    acire67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the responses. My Welsummer rooster is from a breeder not from a hatchery, would that make a difference? My EE only lays an egg once a week, but I'm planning on putting one in the incubator sometime. I just hatched out some Olive Eggers (bought the eggs from a BYC breeder); the roosters were Wheaten & White Ameraucanas and FBCM hens.
     
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    It makes a slight difference, but not much. Plus, we talking a true Welsummer breeder or someone who got hatchery Welsummers and bred them? That's the tricky part to tell [​IMG]
     

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