What do I have here?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Pipe Dreaming, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. Pipe Dreaming

    Pipe Dreaming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought hatching eggs last spring and got a variety. I believe the lady I bought the eggs from said that this was a Birchen Ameraucana. I always figured it for a hen until I saw "her" crow today. Is a Birchen Ameraucana a purebred bird? Would it be useful to keep him for when I'm keeping some hatching eggs next spring? I'm assuming he carries a blue egg gene..
    I have 6 EE'S, what could I expect to get from crossing him with them?
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  2. Pipe Dreaming

    Pipe Dreaming Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I thought Birchen color was black and white.

    He carries the blue egg gene but may not be a true blue. I'm suspect he's a pure breed. Thinking a EE. Regardless if pure or mix EE the result of him siring to EE dams will greatly depend on the color of egg the dams lay. EE's are mixed breeds that in lineage have a blue egg layer, they themselves lay anything, off white, pink, teal, soft blue....anything. Since egg color, size and frequency of being laid are a joint effort of genes from both parents there is no telling what you'll get.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Birchen isn't a recognized color for Ameraucana.

    This bird isn't birchen, regardless. I'm seeing a poorly bred black bird with a ton of gold leakage. If you're wanting to breed true Ameraucana, he's out of the breeding pen altogether, don't even consider him. If, on the other hand, you're just wanting to breed EE for some cute birds and colored eggs, he would make a great flock sire. You'll get a lot of black chicks, but his amount of leakage means you'll have a fair amount of gold coming through also.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on donrae's post.
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     
  7. Pipe Dreaming

    Pipe Dreaming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I appreciate your help!
    Here I thought the gold feathers were pretty.. lol
    I'm going to find a home for him. I just don't need 4 roosters :)
    Thanks again!
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree with Donrae
     
  9. Michael OShay

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    You're welcome.
     
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