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Not sure if this is the right place to post this but has anyone ever crossed a barred rock and a Leghorn. If so were they good layers. Also will cross breeding hurt good laying breeds.
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A Barred Rock X White Leghorn will produce good laying offspring. Not as high production as a straight Leghorn but most likely better than a plain Rock. Eggs will be brown. The offspring's plumage will be white, potentially with very faint barring, since Dom. White can be leaky.

 

Cross breeding between two egg production breeds will result in offspring of similar and sometimes improved egg production (see the intentional use of hybridization of breeds in Sex Links and hybridization of strains in Production Reds). However, cross breeding of a production and non-production/meat breed will result in offspring of lowered production than the production-oriented parent.

 

So for example, your given cross of a Plymouth Rock and a Leghorn should result in offspring with a good rate of production. However, crossing between, say, a Leghorn and a Gamefowl, would result in offspring with significantly lower egg production than that of the Leghorn parent's, although still better than most Gamefowl.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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A Barred Rock X White Leghorn will produce good laying offspring. Not as high production as a straight Leghorn but most likely better than a plain Rock. Eggs will be brown. The offspring's plumage will be white, potentially with very faint barring, since Dom. White can be leaky.

 

Cross breeding between two egg production breeds will result in offspring of similar and sometimes improved egg production (see the intentional use of hybridization of breeds in Sex Links and hybridization of strains in Production Reds). However, cross breeding of a production and non-production/meat breed will result in offspring of lowered production than the production-oriented parent.

 

So for example, your given cross of a Plymouth Rock and a Leghorn should result in offspring with a good rate of production. However, crossing between, say, a Leghorn and a Gamefowl, would result in offspring with significantly lower egg production than that of the Leghorn parent's, although still better than most Gamefowl.

I agree.

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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A Barred Rock X White Leghorn will produce good laying offspring. Not as high production as a straight Leghorn but most likely better than a plain Rock. Eggs will be brown. The offspring's plumage will be white, potentially with very faint barring, since Dom. White can be leaky.

 

Cross breeding between two egg production breeds will result in offspring of similar and sometimes improved egg production (see the intentional use of hybridization of breeds in Sex Links and hybridization of strains in Production Reds). However, cross breeding of a production and non-production/meat breed will result in offspring of lowered production than the production-oriented parent.

 

So for example, your given cross of a Plymouth Rock and a Leghorn should result in offspring with a good rate of production. However, crossing between, say, a Leghorn and a Gamefowl, would result in offspring with significantly lower egg production than that of the Leghorn parent's, although still better than most Gamefowl.

I agree, too.

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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me too

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