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egg colour

is egg colour determined by the genetics of the mother or the father? i have a blue egg layer in my flock running with a sulmtaller rooster and a sussex cross rooster, will her offspring be blue egg layers too or will it depend on the genes of the father?
thanks

Finefowl
Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Egg colour is determined by the genes of the hen as far as I know.
This can be a melting pot though even if they have the outward look of a particular breed they can carry many traits of different breeds.
I found this out to my amusement when I had a hen who has produced four totally different type of pullets even though the cock is a purebred M'arán.

nama-man
Monday, August 2nd, 2021

When we had an Araucana hen years ago and she bred with a cross breed cock only the offspring with the pea comb (like hers) carried the blue egg gene.

Joseph lawler
Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Thanks for Your input folks, very interesting comments, she's a skyline so already a mix of genes in her...
Any more thoughts or comments?

Finefowl
Wednesday, August 4th, 2021


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