What Chicks to keep (for colored egg layers)?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bleenie, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I have a batch of EE chicks and what I would like to know is... For the best chance of getting colored egg layers should I keep the chicks with Pea combs only? A few have straight combs & some rose combs.

    Thank you =)
     
  2. I think that would be your best bet.
    BUT, I have a couple of single combed hens (from Rock x Ameraucana cross) that lay blue/green eggs.
     
  3. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Crap... So I guess I should keep all the Pea combs and them the others that i like best, just in case? [​IMG]
     
  4. Hahahaha, that's what I do (and explains why I have so MANY chickens).
    I think I read that there is a 3% chance that a single combed bird will inherit blue-egg-gene, so it is a stretch.
     
  5. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Well aren't you lucky! Thankfully there's only a few single combed chicks with really pretty patterns I want to keep, because I was thinking "geeze I am giong to end up with WAY too many babies if I keep the single combed ones too!!"
     

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