Egg color

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by kelidei, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. kelidei

    kelidei ~*Dances with chickens*~

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    I know nothing about genetics so I am asking what may be a silly question... I hatched out some eggs from my girls and two of them have my Blue Andalusian as their daddy--- Their moms are either a white Wyandotte or a white Rock. Where does the gene for egg color come from? Would it be possible for them to lay white eggs? Thank you![​IMG]
     
  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    good question. I don't know the answer. I do know that blue andalusians lay white eggs, so maybe they got that gene from the daddy
     
  3. evonne

    evonne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if i understand what i've been reading correctly the roo affects the color of his daughters eggs.. i'm still not sure whether it is a mix of both parents, or just what the dad put in....

    i've gotwhite eggs in the bator from my EE roo... next hatch will be tan/peach eggs and white eggs both with the same roo... don't know how i'll handle the 6 months wait to see what color eggs the new hens lay.. lol...
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Most egg colour genes are autosomal, meaning that both parents have equal affect on the genes related to egg colour carried by their offspring. I believe there is one sex-linked white egg genes, though. There are a dozen or more different genes that affect egg colour.
     
  5. kelidei

    kelidei ~*Dances with chickens*~

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    Thanks all for your responses--- I guess it will be a surprise. I've got two pullets by this roo--- so this could be very interesting! Now I just have to manage my impatience until February or Marchish!!! [​IMG]
     
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