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Will my BCM still lay DARK eggs if the roo is a Buff Orp?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NewChickHere, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. NewChickHere

    NewChickHere Chirping

    Hi friends. I am REALLY wanting those beautiful DARK chocolate looking eggs and have a lady I'm suppose to make quite a drive to go get some. My question is, I have a Delaware and a Buff Orp roo, if either of those mate with her will her eggs be less dark or does it matter what the roo is? I am sure they won't produce MORE BCMs but I am just wanting some dark eggs. I am a chicken newbie too, can you tell? lol. Thanks for any info. Kim

  2. CSWolffe

    CSWolffe Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City
    It does not matter what the roo is, her egg color is dependent upon her genetics, not the genetics of the egg.
    Any offspring, however, will lay eggs in color somewhere in between those of a BCM and the father. If you are going to try breeding her, I would suggest putting her under an Easter Egger roo, as that would produce Olive Eggers, which are rather popular at the moment, much more so than a BCM x Delaware cross.
  3. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    yes, every hen's egg color is programed in her when her parents mate - her mate has nothing to do with her egg color, just her children's egg color.

    you hen and roo's daughters will have lighter color eggs... your hen and roo's sons will not lay eggs. [​IMG]
  4. NewChickHere

    NewChickHere Chirping

    Ok, so I think I understand. If she is a full BCM than her egg will be dark brown no matter who the roo is BUT the baby that hatches is the one that will have a different color/shade of egg? Is that right? I am only wanting the dark eggs for me because I think they're so pretty. Not planning to breed.
  5. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Right, you got it now!

    Now remember, 'painted' eggs (brown specifically) will get lighter as the laying season goes on, but after moult in fall the eggs will be dark again.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2012
  6. NewChickHere

    NewChickHere Chirping

    Ok thank you! Now to find some. lol. The lady I was suppose to meet today has not called or touched base at all so it's making me a little leary. [​IMG]
  7. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

    Mar 31, 2012
    London, UK
    My Coop
    i was under the impression that the male determined egg colour

    and due to BO having a pinkish shell colour the BCM offspring would have a light brown egg

  8. Jubilee1111

    Jubilee1111 Songster

    Jan 8, 2010
    Austin, TX
    Another thing to remember with the Marans is that they don't all lay super dark eggs. If you want the really dark ones, you have to make sure you're getting a hen that lays that color.
  9. NewChickHere

    NewChickHere Chirping

    Ok now Silverfox has me confused. lol. I'm kind of leaning towards thinking that the hen has the gene and will lay what she is, but together they will can create a baby girl that lays lighter eggs. BUT....I'm new and know nothing really. I haven't even gotten my first egg yet from my 9 week old flock. [​IMG]
  10. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

    Mar 31, 2012
    London, UK
    My Coop
    im a little confused to as i read somewhere cant remeber where but will try find it that the MALE determins the egg colour

    so what i understand is if you Cross a BO MALE with a BCM FEMALE

    The eggs will be more towards the colour that the male breed has

    considering BO Hens lay Pinkish Eggs the Chocolate Brown of the BCM will be diluted in the offspring of the pair

    for example

    the White Star Hen is a cross of a leghorn Male and another breed im trying to find out and so i get Porcaline White Eggs from Her

    The Amber Star is a cross with a RIR Male and Leghorn Female and hence i get Light Brown Eggs

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