Parentage and egg color?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Aamanda, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. Aamanda

    Aamanda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im just wondering if the rooster or the hen dictates the color of the egg offspring will lay?
    I have a RIR (hatchery) over Easter egger pullet and was wondering if there was any way I could know what color eggs I will get lol.
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    For the most part, the MANY genes that determine egg colour are autosomal. There are a few that are sex-linked, but with so many genes, that really plays a minor role.

    Brown eggs are created by a wash of brown pigment overlaying a white eggshell. Blue eggs have a blue eggshell, not a white one. Brown wash plus blue eggshell = green eggs.

    Now that is for the OFFSPRING of the pair you mentioned. The rooster has NO bearing over the colour of eggs laid by a hen/pullet he did not father; only HER parents determine that.
     
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Exactly. If your EE lays blue eggs, you'll get green eggs from her offspring. If she lays green eggs, you'll have some offspring that lay brown eggs and some that lay a muddy green.
     
  4. Aamanda

    Aamanda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. The mother laid a kinda teal green egg. So if I understand correctly the pullet from them will lay a teal egg with a brown wash or a brown egg? And thank you both for your answers!
     

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