bobzant

Chirping
8 Years
Jul 6, 2011
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Perry, IL
does the color of the egg totally depend on the hen or does the rooster pass on traits too?
 

momofchicks

Songster
11 Years
Apr 23, 2008
431
0
149
Kentucky
depends on hen only. All hens lay eggs regardless whether there is a roo around or not. I believe whatever color egg the hen came out of is the color it will lay, not 100% sure but I think that's right.
 

bobzant

Chirping
8 Years
Jul 6, 2011
242
3
93
Perry, IL
thank you. my bantam cochin's eggs are a creamy off white, is that the right color for a cochin??
 

PtldChick

Songster
8 Years
Jun 15, 2011
627
8
111
Portland, OR
Quote:Actually, it can differ, but the mother's egg shell color will be an influence. As an example, an olive-egger hen with an EE mother and a Marans father can lay an olive colored egg, even though she hatched from a blue-green egg. The blue-green and the dark brown combine to make olive.
 

Azriel

Songster
9 Years
Jun 19, 2010
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23
174
Montana
If you are talking about the roo that is in with your hens, then no he is not a factor in the color egg they lay. He will pass on egg color traits to his offspring. A Marans roo out of a very dark egg will pass that on to his kids, or an Ameraucana roo out of a blue egg will pass that on.
 

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