Originally Posted by Kev
Think I commented on this sort of chicken math problem in the other thread... Big boy, but blue legs.. to keep or not... to breed or not.. ha! I do wonder if alohachicken's comment on marketability of yellow might have any influence on your decision? I'm simply so used to all sorts of chicken skin color the idea of appealing to *others* particularly for marketing/selling purposes just never registered. This is one of the things I love about open forums like this- every one has something to contribute and share.
I forgot to add, the Id gene is a sex linked dominant. Blue legs is a white skin and lacking Id. I believe SS have Id?(mottle can affect leg color but then from what I've seen, their legs seem to be sparkly white, which strongly indicates Id being present)
So your blue leg boy over SS will give 100% white skins. Daughters will develop blue legs and the sons will be white legged. It's the sex linked influence of Id from the SS. It will not be apparent on most day old chicks though, it takes a while for this kind of leg pigment to develop and for the sex linkage to become obvious.
Just to give a more detailed picture:
yellow leg over white leg= 100% white legs. and all are yellow skin carriers btw.
green leg over white leg= blue legged daughters, white legged sons. If you 'get' the skin/leg color combination you will understand why the daughters have blue legs out of this.
white leg over yellow leg= all white legs (all yellow skin carriers too)
white leg over blue leg= all white legs.
white leg over green leg= all white legs... all yellow skin carriers, plus the boys would be het for Id.
Originally Posted by Kassaundra
This is music to my eyes, basically any other color mixed w/ yellow gives a color other then yellow. I know yellow is preferred in NN, but it isn't my favorite. I like white, pink, blue, green, or black over yellow.
Originally Posted by Kev
Haha! Glad to help ;)
personally I usually never notice the leg color, unless exceptional.. solid blacks with legs colored other than black for example. (just noticed today there is a solid black juvenile with green legs?!) It's because the gene for black feather also likes to put black pigment on the legs. Apparently how some black chickens have legs of other colors is not yet well understood.
SUPER helpful, everyone! I had read that leg color "chart" elsewhere, but thanks for repeating it - @Kev, I think you had mentioned the blue legs allowing sexing of offspring before (maybe on the NN thread), so that is potentially a variable to consider. Can you clarify the green part? How do you get green again - is it blue over yellow? (Do I understand correctly from your post #81, about green-legged birds being yellow-skinned plus no Id to prevent pigment showing on legs? Do I also understand correctly that "No Id" is a recessive lack of Id that is sex-linked?)
Anyhow, Dozer's red and he's a good leader (I have 3-4 that I consider "good leaders that are big" just from observations at only 10 weeks - I know this may change, but it's good to think of options). I may be with you, Kassundra - it seems that my NNs with the yellowish skin are the black and almost black ones (like JAUNDICE yellow - I thought they were sick at first, but then again, I'm teaching liver pathology right a the moment, so I may be a bit fixated...). The legs are that black over yellow color, and I like that look as well! But yeah, I seem to enjoy having lots of different leg colors in my flock. Gotta get a green one bred next (Dozer may get some yellow-legged girlfriends for a while if it's from blue over yellow.)
I'm not selling anything to anybody, this is purely for me and my extra large commercial freezer (purchased specifically for chicken and rabbit, in addition to great big batches of homemade butter, ratatouille and tarka dal, and edamame from the garden - though the rabbit housing has been delayed, so rabbit raising has been put off...). I haven't really thought about whether I prefer yellow or white skin on my eating chickens - as I think they have always been yellow on what I've purchased (which makes sense from what alohachickens and everyone is saying about American preferences). I'm not foolish enough to assert that I know for certain that I won't be affected by skin color, but honestly, I'm more likely to be put off by knowing the chicken than by its skin color. (Still new to this - killing cones have arrived and first cull will be of the New Hampshire boys when they get a little bigger, around Christmas). Part of me wants to raise a Silkie flock for meat, though, having had them in soup in Singapore. (Which is slightly weird given how often they are fuzzy pet chickens, it seems!!! Hey - I could work on show girls! NOOOOOOO!!! CHICKEN MATH, GET THEE BEHIND ME!!!!!)
I wouldn't normally be fussing so much about color (though I certainly like pretty chickens!) - but I have 7 cockerels, and they are (almost) all promising in the size and temperament department, giving me color as an additional criteria that may help me with my decisions...
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