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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by WhiteCochinLover, Oct 6, 2011.
What color eggs would these Easter Eggers lay?
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hard to tell of an EE will lay green/blue or brown/pink eggs by looking at them. But you can look at if they have a beard and a pea comb. If they don't, they will be less likely to lay green/blue eggs.
usually a blue/ blueish green. EEs are similar to auracanas and ameraucanas
Hard to tell from the photo.
If their combs have three rows of bumps or the sort, they'll lay green or blue eggs. If their combs have only one row of bumps or a sawtooth effect, they'll lay brown eggs.
You really won't know til they start laying... It is said that a pea comb will lay blue/bluegreen and straight comb other colors. But in reality an EE can lay any color on the egg rainbow. Just have to wait til they start to lay.
I understand that a straight comb will lay tan and all my girls do. Rose/peacomb lay colored.
I have a white EE that lays a pink egg, a goldish one that lays a brown egg and a black and brown one that lays a greenish blue egg! Go figure....
I have one colored just like your girl in the foreground. She does have a pea comb, but she lays a cream colored egg. I'm not sure you can know until they lay.
It depends on what genes they inherited. One set of genes determines if the base egg color will be blue or white. Since blue is dominant, if just one of that pair is blue, the base color will be blue. A lot of EE's are split for the blue egg gene, having one blue and one white gene. You never know which one they wll give to any one offspring.
There are several genes that determine what coating, if any goes on top or that base color. If there is no real color coating going on top, them the base color is the egg color. If a brown coating goes on top, then the egg will be either brown or green. The shade of brown or green depends on which of those other genes show up and how they interact.
The comb is not a guarantee. One of the genetics experts on here said the blue egg gene follows the pea comb about 97% of the time. That means that 3% of the time, the blue egg gene does not have to be linked to the pea comb gene. Of course the actual odds depend on what comb genes the parents have. If all that is in the mix is pea comb genes, it will be there. But it is possible for a single combed hen to lay a blue or green egg.
It is also possible that a hen that is split for the pea comb gene (one P and one p) will show a sort of modified pea. Sort of like a pea comb, but a little different.
Then you have the influence of the rose comb gene. If the hen has both a pea comb gene and a rose comb gene, then she will probably have a walnut comb, not pea. And there are some other combs possible depending on what exactly is in the genes.
The bottom line is that a pea comb is a good indication, but you really don't know until she lays an egg.