OE Roo over Welsummer Hens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hippiehen, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. hippiehen

    hippiehen wastefully exuberant

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    Hello wise ones :)

    I have some welsummer hens who are laying gorgeous dark spray painted eggs and I would love to incubate some, sadly, no Wellie roo. :(

    I do have an OE roo who's sisters lay dark russet colored eggs. Would that make for a suitable match to get chicks that lay dark eggs? Or does the OE's "mixed" background make it very iffy?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Does he have a straight comb or pea comb? A straight comb would give you brown eggs, but if he has a pea comb, you may get some brown some olive eggs in the offspring.

    Since he is a mix, you cannot be sure until you test mate him as to what he will contribute genes wise.
     
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  3. hippiehen

    hippiehen wastefully exuberant

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    Awesome information about the comb! I did not know that. He has a pea comb, so there's a possibility of olive eggs, which is cool since his OE sisters lay dark brown.

    His parentage is EE x Cuckoo Maran, I should have said that in the first post. I didn't know if the "EE" in him would throw out a wonky gene.
     
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    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    If you want the chance at olive eggs, keep any of the offspring with a pea comb.
     
  5. hippiehen

    hippiehen wastefully exuberant

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    Thanks for the info! Now I just have to convince my DH that yes, my very pregnant self does indeed need to set eggs in the 'bator!

    [​IMG] Maybe he won't notice.
     

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