Marans and RIR cross

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by greathorse, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    I have a nice little group of RIR (hatchery stock) that will continue to be my production group. I often have more eggs than I can eat or sell (I dont work at that very hard) so I hatch from time to time. I also have some Marans and extra roosters. The Marans are very high quality stock. Anyone have a picture of a RIR hen with Wheaten Marans roo? How much darker will that first generation of RIR hens lay? I dont want to create a new breed or anything just wondering what I would get. Might be able to save a very good Marans rooster that way.

    Any thoughts?

  2. blackdotte

    blackdotte Songster

    Nov 18, 2008
    Don't expect any real difference in egg colour between RIR & Wheaten Marans X RIR. This is because the dark egg gene of the Marans is thought to be recessive, possibly polygeneic and also cumulative. Futher crosses to Marans should give darker eggs,

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