Originally Posted by ejb3810
Welcome to the North Dakotans.
Ralphie, how many of the White sport CLB have you hatched thus far, and how many are still with you? Have you identified which hen or hens have produced them? Are you using one or multiple CLB roosters?
It would be interesting if you could produce enough to start a project with them. Have you heard of others that are producing some as well?
I have heard of others getting them, I do not know of anyone else trying to breed for them.
As they did not show up last year, which would be f2 of my birds but did come until this year, f3.
With "f" referring to my breeding generations and not the ones since the gene was detected.
If I am correct, I had to have one of my three original birds had the white recessive gene. I lost one of my original three. I think the hen I have left has it. but it could be siblings having it to, I suppose.
I am thinking it is mother/son and I have them in a breeding group with 2 other hens. If I get no more whites I will change up my groups, or if the white come in the other breeding group. I now mark my eggs group 1 and 2.
I want to try and isolate the pair that has it. Because I get one white in about every 25 eggs and because I have 7 hens, it appears just one pairing is giving me the whites, ( a 1 in 4 chance on the Punnett square).
I have had 5 whites, the first died within hours of hatching it had a birth defect I thought could be genetic. The stomach was not inside the body and the yolk never absorbed right. It was a weak bird. The second is alive and doing well. The third died in a stampede of baby CLB's. They are so skittish. I now am trying to keep them in small groups and protect them whenever I can.
The last 2 are doing well. I plan to house the three together real soon. I hope for more. If I get lucky I can get f4 from them this fall/august. Then I will know if I am closer to correct or not.
The pictures I have seen of the white CLB's as adults are beautiful. I would love to have a whole flock of them.