What do you get when you mate two Easter Eggers?

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  1. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If an EE is half americauna, then two EEs are 50% americauna.

    If you hatch an egg from the 2 EE's, will chances be you get a colored egg layer? I think I've read that the answer is no. But I thought I'd ask everyone here what you think.
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    It depends on the genetics of the two Easter Eggers. Is your hen laying colored eggs? Have you crossed your rooster to any other hens and, if so, what color eggs have the resulting female chicks laid? It isn't quite as simple as them both being "50% Ameraucana"
     
  3. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, the hens eggs are blue.

    I've never hatched an egg. This is my first experience with a rooster. "He" was supposed to be a "she".
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Here's my simplified understanding of egg color genetics. Keep in mind, if your birds are from a hatchery, they're not necessarily half Ameraucana.

    Blue + Blue = blue
    Blue + brown = green
    Blue + white = light blue

    Green + green = usually some shade of green, but it's possible to get some brown or cream, depending on the genetics involved.

    Green + brown = a mix of green and brown.

    So, if your hens lay blue eggs, and your rooster is a hatchery Ee, chances are decent the offspring will lay blue eggs, or at least green.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Does the rooster have a pea comb?
    Pea combs on males and females usually indicate an blue egg gene in the mix and will up your chances of getting blue/green eggs from any female offspring.

    Genetics are tricky tho and with EE's it's crap shoot as to what's dominant in the genetic backgrounds.
     
  6. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am waiting patiently for my EE to start laying.. Mother and father both are EE, both had rose combs but this pullet doesn't. Hen lays blue eggs and rooster came from a pinkish egg ( donated from a nice lady for my hen) Out of 4 eggs from this pair only one was a pullet and she is a tad over 5 months old.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Blue egg laying hen has a rose comb?? If so, can you post a pic?
     
  8. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll try to find it.. If I don't have it I will have to snap one today..
     
  9. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if it shows up well, but its the two hens in the first pic.. The EE rooster (we no longer have) is the 2nd photo and was around 4.5 months here
     
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  10. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Best I can do, the two older hens are very skittish so cant get real close.. The one clear is one of their offspring's and was sired by a Dominique rooster. All lay blue eggs

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