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Not sure if I am posting in the correct area or not but I took my best guess..

We have a few chicks that hatched a few weeks ago. Mom is a white leghorn. We had 2 roos. A black one, and a RIR. The chicks were white with a few random black spots on them, now that they are feathering I am seeing some red feathers in there chest. I am trying to figure out which roo they belong to? I thought the black one, my husband thinks both. I lol at him, but hey I have no clue what I have here. And they are looking funny. Any ideas without pics? I tried to take some, but they run around too fast for me and everything was just blurred.

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Leghorns carry what's called dominant white. Basically, this gene covers any black with white. I don't think it effects red, or not nearly as much as black. So it may be very difficult to tell which was the father, with this white masking the "true" color of the chicks.

 

did both the roosters have straight combs? If the black bird did not, that would be a way to tell his offspring as straight combs are recessive.

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Yes both have straight combs. Thanks for that info also.

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What color are the legs and/or bottoms of the feet of the black rooster? 

 

The red rooster likely has yellow legs like the leghorn mother.  I assume the black rooster has dark legs (potentially with white foot bottoms like an Australorp, or yellow like a Jersey Giant).  Unless the black rooster also has yellow legs, if the chicks have anything other than yellow shanks, the black rooster is probably the father.


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Leghorns carry what's called dominant white. Basically, this gene covers any black with white. I don't think it effects red, or not nearly as much as black. So it may be very difficult to tell which was the father, with this white masking the "true" color of the chicks.

 

did both the roosters have straight combs? If the black bird did not, that would be a way to tell his offspring as straight combs are recessive.

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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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What color are the legs and/or bottoms of the feet of the black rooster? 

 

The red rooster likely has yellow legs like the leghorn mother.  I assume the black rooster has dark legs (potentially with white foot bottoms like an Australorp, or yellow like a Jersey Giant).  Unless the black rooster also has yellow legs, if the chicks have anything other than yellow shanks, the black rooster is probably the father.

 

I will check all this out on the roo and see tomorrow as it is dark out now. Thanks for that info.

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Hen is white frizzle polish and rooster is black silkie. Any guesses to what it will look like? It has yellow eyebrows and beard with dark body.
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