Mixed breeds and egg color...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by 4Hchickenproject, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. 4Hchickenproject

    4Hchickenproject Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This has probably been asked a dozen times already, so I'll be searching the forum as well...

    My production reds = brown eggs; neighbor's roosters that won't leave = white ear lobes

    If I hatch a few eggs and they are from her roos and not mine, what is the heritability rule of crosses/ear lobes? Will some lay brown eggs, some white, is one dominant? I would love to have a variety of colors of eggs (and hope to eventually have a couple hens of several breeds...when I have proper place to keep them)

    Thanks!
     
  2. catdaddyfro

    catdaddyfro Overrun With Chickens

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    IF he is from a pure white egglaying breed and not a cross himself the eggs should be cream/off white colored if he's from a mixture of the two then its just a crap shoot maybe brown maybe nearly white. It'd be something interesting to wait for for sure.

    Jeff
     
  3. 4Hchickenproject

    4Hchickenproject Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, Jeff. I love chicken-surprises, so I'm interested to see too.
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Ear lobe colour is not linked to egg colour genes. However, mediterranean breeds have white earlobes and lay white eggs; I know there is a white lobed breed that lays brown eggs, but offhand cannot think what it is; most breeds with red earlobes lay brown eggs, but once again there is at least one breed that lays white. And turquoise earlobed silkies lay a tinted egg, not a blue one [​IMG]
     
  5. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:edited because wrong answer.
     
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  6. catdaddyfro

    catdaddyfro Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Pendesenca is a white earlobed dark brown egglayer

    Lamona is a red earlobed white egg layer

    My Dellaweggers(EExDelaware) lay green eggs and their earlobes are red but then again there's not very many Dellaweggers out there either, too [​IMG]

    But in the general utility type chicken world that 99.9999999999% of the populous here on the BYC, I would venture to say the white earlobe=white eggs and the Red earlobe=Brown eggs

    So in general if you cross a white earlobe to a red ear lobe your more than likely gonna get a cream/off-white tinted egg 99.99999% of the time if you're the .00001% you probly SHOULD know the out-come already.
    Some on here make things too dififcult for 'ol Average Joe to get sometimes KISS: Keep It Simple Sweetie or many other various words that could start with "S" that would fill the blank [​IMG]

    Jeff

    Edited for spelling sometimes these two index fingers can't keep up with my rambling mind [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Pendesenca is a white earlobed dark brown egglayer

    Lamona is a red earlobed white egg layer

    My Dellaweggers(EExDelaware) lay green eggs and their earlobes are red but then again there's not very many Dellaweggers out there either, too [​IMG]

    But in the general utility type chicken world that 99.9999999999% of the popuous here on the BYC, I would venture to say the white earlobe=white eggs and the Red earlobe=Brown eggs

    So in general if you cross a white earlobe to a red ear lobe your more than likely gonna get a cream/off-white tinted egg 99.99999% of the time if you're the .00001% you probly SHOULD know the out-come already.
    Some on here make things too dififcult for 'ol Average Joe to get sometimes KISS: Keep It Simple Sweetie or many other various words the could start with "S" that would fill the blank [​IMG]

    Jeff

    [​IMG] well said; I'll have to add dellaweggers to my vocabulary [​IMG]
     

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