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What color egg would a Buff Orpington x Easter Egger lay?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sierrarod, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. sierrarod

    sierrarod Out Of The Brooder

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    Thinking about hatching a few. I am assuming brown, but wanted to make sure.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Depends on the Easter Egger [​IMG] You might get green, olive green, golden-brown, or just plain brown.
     
  3. elisavet68

    elisavet68 Out Of The Brooder

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    Just hatched a few of my Buff orp and EE chicks. And wondered what color egg you ended up getting with this mix?
    My rooster is the EE and hen the orpington.
     
  4. LTygress

    LTygress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So far, in my experience, brown.

    I have eight hens that I hatched myself that were all EE with a brown egg layer (BL), and the first generation always laid brown eggs.

    Now when I breed THOSE crosses back to an EE (to make 75% EE, 25% BL), they start laying odd colors like goldish, light green, and greenish brown. Some still laid brown, others still laid olive green. But the 75/25 chickens just had a big variety of egg colors, where as the 50/50 chickens were all still brown.




    EDITED TO SAY: By the way, the Rooster that fertilized the eggs was always EE. It was the hens that were purebred BL or an EE/BL mix.
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2013
  5. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    who is male and who is female

    if orp is male then likely brown

    if EE is male then likely green
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Gender makes no difference. The gene for blue eggshells is dominant, so if the bird has it, it will show. It is also autosomal, meaning it can be inherited from either father or mother. THe genes (many of them) for brown eggs actually cause a layer of pigment to be "painted" over the eggshell. A blue eggshell with a brown layer of pigment will be green. A blue eggshell without the brown layer of pigment will be blue. A white eggshell with a brown layer of pigment will be brown and a white eggshell without a brown layer of pigment will be white. The brown pigment can be sanded off; blue permeates the shell, and if you look at the inside of the shell, it too is blue.

    There are some sex-linked egg colour genes, but blue is not one of them.

    The birds with a pea comb from this hatch are the ones most likely to lay a green egg.
     
  7. I do so enjoy reading your posts. Thanks!
     
  8. elisavet68

    elisavet68 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you know what to look for in the Easter Egger. My roo is the EE mated with a BO. I heard having a pea comb would create a blue egg. What is a pea comb look like?
    I love the beautiful colors of your eggs. What kind of EE layed the rich turquoise eggs in your palate?
     
  9. elisavet68

    elisavet68 Out Of The Brooder

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    What is a pea comb? Is that found on the hen or the roo? My roo is an easter egger and hen is a buff orp. Hoping there babies will make the green or olive egg.
     
  10. Crazychic13

    Crazychic13 New Egg

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    My friend and I are looking to breed for next year she has several roosters and I have hens. I'm looking to breed my easter eggers but am wondering about what rooster. She has a Buff roo/ and Americania roo and Gold laced wyandotte roo.. I have 3 easter eggers I want to breed. Absolutely love the coloring of my girls. Plus I'm thinking about breeding my jersey giant.. Any help would be appreciated :)
     

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