Really would like to know..

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bammy, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. Bammy

    Bammy Out Of The Brooder

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    If I crossed my Cuckoo Marans rooster with one of my dark egglayers, could I possibly get chicks/hens that would lay the really dark eggs? Or is the egg color determined by the female breed with no input by the male. Hope this makes sense!
     
  2. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
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    I guess the effect of the cross would also depend on the color of the egg that the rooster was hatched out of. That will also have an effect on the egg color of the offspring
     
  3. NaomiSarah

    NaomiSarah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the rooster was hatched out of a lighter color egg, it's still possible that while the chicks might have lighter eggs, the grandchicks could have darker eggs, if you bred the first generation with another dark egg-layer.
     
  4. Bammy

    Bammy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all for the information. I appreciate it.
     
  5. blackred

    blackred Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what i have read, the Male determines the color of the egg.
    Bob
     

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