Egg Color?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HandsomePoultry, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. HandsomePoultry

    HandsomePoultry Just Hatched

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    Tomorrow I plan to set 50 or so eggs into my incubator to sell chicks. Of these they come from a Barred rock rooster or a GC rooster. The hens I have with them are Barred rocks, Buff Orpingtons, Golden comets, and a Brahma. Now these babies will be a barnyard mix and I assume all offspring will be brown layers from brown breeds. Except what comes from my GC hens x GC roo. The f1 have all been brown layers that look like the mothers; a light red. Yet of the two F2 chicks I hatched (diffrent GC roos) I got all white offspring. These aren't old enough to lay yet so I am wondering if they will give brown or white eggs. I am thinking brown?
     
  2. MerleMice

    MerleMice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Right, they will most likely lay brown eggs, the body color doesn't impact egg color.
     
  3. HandsomePoultry

    HandsomePoultry Just Hatched

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    Yes, but from my understanding the rooster might hold a white egg allele, but brown is dominant. Or so I was thinking. My knowledge isn't the greatest, nor the worst, but I like the extra opinions.
     
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    MerleMice Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    They will lay some shade of brown... shading could vary greatly...

    There are only 2 colors of egg shells though... white and blue... the brown overlay pigment is caused by completely seperate genes and there's something like a dozen of them, or 15? I can't recall how many, but there's several...
     
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