What color eggs would these EE's lay

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by WhiteCochinLover, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. WhiteCochinLover

    WhiteCochinLover Songster

    Sep 10, 2011
    What color eggs would these Easter Eggers lay?
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2011

  2. farmerChef

    farmerChef Songster

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern Georgia
    My Coop
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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.
  3. six_eclectic_chickens

    six_eclectic_chickens Chirping

    Oct 2, 2011
    usually a blue/ blueish green. EEs are similar to auracanas and ameraucanas
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    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.
  5. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Somerset, KY
    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.
  6. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I understand that a straight comb will lay tan and all my girls do. Rose/peacomb lay colored.
  7. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy Premium Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
    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....

  8. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

    Jun 27, 2008
    Southeast AR
    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.
  9. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    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.

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