What does this mix look like and what are the pros and cons?
Feather sexing question: Ameraucana x Leghorn - Page 2
I know it's been a long time but I am thinking bout doing this same cross with a true Ameruacana roo n a commerical White Leghorn hen So just wanted to echo this same question.
Surely by now someone can share the pros n cons n hopefully some pics? Pls?
Hi NewChickens2009. I just saw a few of your posts and wanted to send you a message. I'm working with a non-profit group in Exuma and we are trying to build some demonstration coops on some of the Cays in about two weeks time. However, I'm having a heck of a time trying to track down baby chicks in The Bahamas. Seems some people import them in, but I'm trying to learn more. If you'd be able to help me out with this, it would be greatly appreciated! Please send me a PM when you have a chance. Thanks! -Rob
Edited by rdaurio - 4/30/14 at 12:06pm
No you cannot get feather sexing using this combination. In order to be able to feather sex this cross, The rooster would have to be a White Leghorn and the female an Ameraucana.
White Leghorns are a mediterranean breed and grow feathers faster. Ameraucanas are an American breed and grow feathers slower.
Feather sexing chicks can be accomplished by crossing males that are homozygous for rapid feather growth or carry two rapid feather growth alleles ( k+/k+) with females that are hemizygous or carry only one slow feather growth allele ( K/_W).
The female parent contributes a dominant gene for slow feather growth (K) to all the male offspring while the female offspring will inherit only one rapid feather growth allele ( k+) from the father. This cross produces males that have slow feather growth (K/k+) and females that have rapid feather growth (k+/_W).
So any Mediterranean Rooster with an American, English or Asian Hen will produce feather sexing.