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White chick without white parents?

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My broody hen just hatched four chicks, and two of them are a very pale yellow. They look like they will grow up to be white chickens, but the friend who I got the eggs from does not have any white or light chickens. Could a recessive gene from a "golden comet" show up with a white chick? Has anyone had a pale yellow chick grow up to be anything other than white?  

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The most common white gene is recessive. Breed two carrier parents together and 25% of the chicks will be white.

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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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Hmmm... The roos in my friend's flock are RIR and RIR Barred Rock cross. I don't see how these could be carriers of a white gene, unless there was some other mixing along the way; which could very well be the case. 

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Some breeds will carry recessives for decades without showing them. All hatchery birds have some history of crossbreeding. I believe the White Plymouth Rock was originally a sport of the Barred Plymouth Rock, so even pure BPRs may well carry white.

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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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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Yes, that makes sense. Genetics are fascinating, and I love watching these barnyard mutts grow up. You never know what you're going to get, but I sure never expected white chicks.

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