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

    Jul 11, 2011
    Westchester County, NY
    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

    May 22, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Hmm, I don't know. I'd sure like to find out, though. *Subscribe*
  3. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    Bay City, TX

    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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