I have an egg/breeding related question I hope someone can answer - just to satisfy my curiousity and learn a little more genetics. We have a hatchery Delaware. (Delaware thread already warned me she wouldn't look anything like the heritage standard. ) Curious what breed(s) would have likely been used in her background because she has a big ol' floppy comb. I immediately thought a leghorn, but the threads I already read that a leghorn over a brown egg layer would produce a light brown egg (brown being dominant). Hers are a darker brown, tinted terra cotta and sometimes speckled. What breeds are usually used to create these "faux Delawares"? Any reason why my eggs would be on the darker side of brown or just luck of the genetic draw?