Egg color question!

suburbanchix

Hatching
6 Years
Mar 17, 2013
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I've been reading about influencing egg color by crossing blue-egg layers with brown-egg layers, but I have (dumb) question. Does simply having the rooster fertilize the egg influence the color of egg that is later laid? OR....do you have to HATCH those eggs and then look for the new egg color from the resulting hybrid chickens? My guess is that a hen is going to lay whatever color eggs she's going to lay, regardless of her involvement with a rooster, and that you don't see variances in egg color until the offspring of the mating begin to lay their own eggs. Is this the case?
 

Ceilismom

Songster
10 Years
Apr 21, 2010
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NW South Dakota
You are correct, you cannot tell from the outside whether an egg is fertilized or not. The DNA that a rooster passes on to his offspring is the only influence he has on the egg color.
 

Ceilismom

Songster
10 Years
Apr 21, 2010
179
0
137
NW South Dakota
Yes and no. The eggs was really green (easter egger), but I was standing at an angle that cast a shadow over the eggs, causing them all to appear more saturated than they really were.
 

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