.Mixed breeds of various egg coloring question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by PaintedPony, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. PaintedPony

    PaintedPony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read that brown coloring on eggs is dominant over blue or green. If I breed my EE hens to my BO rooster, or my Hamburg rooster, what are my odds of maintaining the green egg coloring in the offspring?

    I am learning how to incubate eggs so I am starting with the chickens I have available.

    TIA
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Brown egg gene + Blue/green egg gene = green/olive eggs b/c they will carry both genes.
     
  3. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:good thats what i thought because im mixing my EE's with a BR to get some kind of barred EE's or something
     
  4. PaintedPony

    PaintedPony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you KellyHM!!!
     
  5. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    As a side note, since you have EEs, they may already carry 1 brown gene and 1 blue gene. In this case, offspring of them and brown egg layers may produce hens that lay brown or hens that lay blue/green. Just for example, I saved 2 hens that were from my EE roo and Silkie hen. 1 of them lays tan (like her momma) and the other lays blue.
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    There is ONE gene that determines whether the eggshell will be WHITE (recessive) or BLUE (dominant). There are MANY additional genes that determine whether a brown coating is applied to the outer surface of the eggshell or not. EACH of these genes can be homozygous (two identical copies) or heterozygous (different variations of the gene).
     
  7. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I do not know the specific genotype of your birds, so I have posted the possibilities.


    Bo X EE = brown or green eggs both are possible

    Ham X EE= light brown or green or blue or white what you get depends on if the bird lays a blue egg or green egg

    white egg X green egg = green egg or light brown egg

    white egg X blue egg = white egg or blue egg

    Tim
     
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