If you had a dark-egg Rooster. . .

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by horsewishr, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. horsewishr

    horsewishr Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    West Michigan
    (like a Marans, Barnevelder or Welsummer), and bred him with your brown egg layers, would the next generation lay darker eggs? Just curious. . .

    and also, if I hatched some dark-egg chicks, and got a roosters, would they be any easier to re-home than other breeds??
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Hmmm, I was wondering the same thing. I have a Maran roo, and some BO hens...im sure there will be some mix ups in the spring...that is IF Magic, my Maran roo settles down. He might have to find a new home...he is a little cocky and likes to challenge me from time to time.
  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I'm wondering the same thing, too. I have a Maran roo and some BR hens. Maybe this time next year we'll have the answer. [​IMG]
  4. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    There is always such a surplus of roo's I don't necessarily think they would be easier to home. Guess it would depend on what everyone was looking for in your area.

    Barnevelders and welsummers are on my list for wants but like most folks I'd rather have pullets, although if I could get a pure Barnevelder roo right now I'd take it...lol.

    Julie [​IMG]
  5. Yes, I'd think the eggs would be darker than the hen's eggs. And breeding back to the 'dark egg roo' would eventually get you back to 'as dark an egg as he came from'.
    I don't know where you'd go from there, tho.


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