Who make the color of the eggs color?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by adorable, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. adorable

    adorable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure where to post this.
    I was told today that a hen makes the color of the egg. NOt the rooster. Is this true. ?No matter what kind of chicken it is.
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
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    They both contribute.
     
  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    In my understanding, the hen decides color. The roo's color won't be seen until his chicks come along to contribute to the egg color
    i.e... white egg hen with brown egg roo = white eggs
    Next generation has white & brown, thus, tan eggs. But not in ALL cases.
     
  4. adorable

    adorable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So it is the girls that make the eggs color. The rooster has nothing to do with it?But he has something to do with the breed in general. Like rir with rir...You will get rir. But a hen that is a black sex link to a RiR. You will get a mixed. But The egg color stay the same because of the hen. Right.
     
  5. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    The hen lays the egg color on the egg shell. The actual color that she lays is a result of her breeding. If she is the pure offspring of a true-to-breed breeding, such as RIR to RIR, she will lay brown eggs.

    However, if you breed a green egg layer (such as an Easter Egger hen) to a brown egg layer breed (such as a RIR rooster), then the female offspring will lay olive colored eggs.
     
  6. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Quote:Thanks, you explained it much better than I can. [​IMG]
     

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