Hatched Egg color = laying egg color?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickety Charcoal, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Chickety Charcoal

    Chickety Charcoal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does a hen lay the same color egg that she was hatched from, or is it entirely a genetic crapshoot? I have three chicks (hopefully hens) and I am wondering if I can anticipate their egg color judged by the eggs they came from.
     
  2. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

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    Hmm, I don't know. I'd sure like to find out, though. *Subscribe*
     
  3. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope.

    Generally, if the egg has spots, the chicken will lay spotty eggs too. But as for the *color*, the color your hens will lay will likely be a mixture of the roo's genetics and the hen's. If you had a dark roo and a light hen, you'll probably get a medium egg, even though the chick hatched from a light egg.
    Olive eggers are a great example of this. First generation olive eggers will be hatched from a blue or brown egg, but will lay olive eggs.
     

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