Predicting egg color in Easter Eggers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LuvMahChikies, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. LuvMahChikies

    LuvMahChikies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two EE pullets who will soon be laying. Just out of curiosity...is there any way one can tell what color eggs they will lay? I know some folks swear by earlobe color, etc, in other breeds, and I didn't know if there was any way to tell with an EE. (Not that it really matters, of course! [​IMG] )
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    No. They are a mix of many breeds so you'll just have to wait and see. Once you mix breeds, you can't tell by looking at the bird what egg shell color genetics are in them except that if Araucana is in their background, blue, green, olive, khaki and brown are all possibilities.

    Red earlobes mean brown eggs, white earlobes mean white eggs, EXCEPT - Penedesencas and Empordanesas have white earlobes and lay among the darkest eggs in the world.
     
  3. LuvMahChikies

    LuvMahChikies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well darn, I guess I will just have to be surprised then. [​IMG]
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Even with chocolate egg layers, there will be some that lay lighter brown eggs.
     
  5. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they're actually EEs, they lay something along the blue or olive spectrum. If they don't, they're not EEs.


    Where did you get the birds - you can usually have a pretty good idea based on the parents - egg color genetics aren't all that complicated. There will be some variation of course.
     
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  6. LuvMahChikies

    LuvMahChikies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got them from a local farm that raises and sells chickens locally. They actually had them listed as "Ameraucana" but I can definitely tell they are EE's. They are loveable little mutts for sure! Sweetest little chickens in my flock.
     
  7. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they think they're ameraucana - you'll probably get some shade of blue.
     

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