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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 6:44 am 

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Hi guys,
I am hoping to pick your brains about this one.

I have a Blue Barred Easter Egger roo. His Daddy was a splash Ameraucana rooster and his mother a barred rock.

He has a pea comb, muffs and is mostly blue with barring on his chest, hackles, etc. He looks half blue ameraucana and half barred.

I am wanting to start a blue barred Easter Egg project. I have some Easter egger hens that I just bought but they are laying brown eggs. :aaargh:

I am quite certain he carries the green egg gene, but if I cross him with brown egg layers, what are the chances he passes on the green egg gene?

I don't want to spend a lot of time and effort breeding if there are no guarantees of green egg layers from the mix!

I'm a little nervous now.

Also- Will he share the barring gene with his babies? I was thinking it would probably be a mix of barring and non barring in his babies. Is there any way to know what percent would have some barring? I know a BR roo would give all barring but since he appears "half" barred he must not have the full barring gene.

PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 10:09 am 
Old Mother Goose
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Hi Chicky Pants - I can't offer the genetics help but the breeds you are discussing - Ameraucana and Easter Egger are American and Australian Plymouth Rock are also genetically somewhat different so we may not be of much help to you.

PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 6:39 pm 
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A barred male over 'solid' coloured hens will give all barred offspring.
Pea comb is not necessarily an indicator of blue/green egg genetics.
If he is a blue/green egger and you cross with brown egg hens the offspring will have the potential to lay tinted, brown, blue, green or olive eggs - no way of knowing until they start laying.
Here is the original research Punnet did way back in the 1930's - little has changed!
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