Some dominant white birds will leak red pigments ranging from bright red to buff. A chicken must have the correct genetics for this leakage to occur. Where ever the bird should be red the bird will show red and where ever the bird should be black the bird will be white.
if dominant white were carried by a black tailed red bird (New Hampshire), the black would be changed to white and the breeder would have produced a white tailed buff.
Take for example buff birds ( like buff leghorns). A problem buff birds have is black showing in the tail and wings. To get rid of the black specs etc,. breeders have incorporated dominant white into the variety. This gets rid of the black and allows for the buff to show.
Sorry too many technical terms. You completely lost me!
When you say colour leakage do you mean like white with leakage of beige throughout the white, while having the black spots of the paint? Or all white with buff spots? Basically I would be producing a calico Silkie?
Edited by Bryam - 12/10/15 at 9:10am