Welsummer Spotted Egg Gene

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I have a welsummer newbie question and noticed the welsummer thread is not active.

If you hatch a male welsummer from a very spotted egg, will he pass that on to offspring or is that gene carried on the female side? Specifically I’m wondering if he would produce spotted olive Egg layers with a blue laying hen or if you would want to use a welsummer hen and a blue egg rooster?
 

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Yes, I’m just wondering if that’s a welsummer breed gene or a welsummer-female only gene.

Like for example in Marans the rooster is important in the egg shell color, I can’t find any reference within Welsummers.
 

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Yes, I’m just wondering if that’s a welsummer breed gene or a welsummer-female only gene.

Like for example in Marans the rooster is important in the egg shell color, I can’t find any reference within Welsummers.
I don't know but I like to too. Hopefully someone comes along that does.

I wonder if @aart does.
 

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I'm thinking that maybe the rooster is responsible for the egg shell color but the paint job has got to be the hen.
Again I don't know but it just makes sense to me.
 

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There's like 12-20 genes connected to coating(not shell) color.
Do not know any details on that,
but pretty sure it's both parents that contribute to coating color.

Don't know if there are any specific genes connected with speckles,
which are created by how the coating is applied,
but am pretty sure it can be hereditary.

Will be curious to see if any of the genetic experts will chime in.
 
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