Albino Chickens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by OSUman, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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    I was thinking and I wonder if it would be possible to get an albino chicken? I searched google and everything I found wasnt actually albino but just white.
     
  2. sjarvis00

    sjarvis00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:they exist, just have to look for them. Most will have a weaker imune system though.
     
  3. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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    Quote:they exist, just have to look for them. Most will have a weaker imune system though.

    I've been looking but haven't found any pictures.
     
  4. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sunny side up :)
    Do the albino chickens have red eyes like in other animals?
     
  5. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Overrun With Chickens

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    I do believe there is a sexlinked albinism in some lines of chickens
     
  6. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Genetics 101

    There are different kinds of albinism. chickens have two kinds of albinism associated with the C locus in chickens; one is red eyed and the other is autosomal albinism. As flying monkey stated there is a sex linked albinism that is found at the silver locus and a sex linked imperfect albinism at the silver locus. The imperfect form also has other mutations; five I believe.

    Tim
     
  7. Jenooni

    Jenooni New Egg

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    Yep, they definitely do exist... :) We have just hatched 6! Some appear to be the incomplete albino as they have slight touch of pigment, while most are pure white.Good fun and an awesome adventure for us novices in chookland
     
  8. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    This is a common mistake, people think albino animals have a weaker immune system. This is not true at all! The only problem they have is with poor eyesight and also sensitivity to getting sunburnt.

    Also in the wild and white albino animal will show up and be easy for predators to see and catch.

    I love albino animals for some reason....I have albino corn snakes, budgies, rats, fish, and hamster.

    There is no reason why an albino chicken should not exist, but I too have never been able to find a photo of one.
     
  9. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    What cute and unusual chicks!

    I am sorry to say that they are not albino though. Albino animals have NO PIGMENT in their bodies. As you can see your chicks have orange legs, feet and beaks. If they were albino these areas would look pale pink, as you can see the blood under the surface of the skin.
     
  10. Jenooni

    Jenooni New Egg

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    I have been told they are a definite type of albino due to the lack of pignment in their eyes. there are an additional 2 to this which have slightly red eyes, opposed to the bright red which these ones have. Either way, I think they are pretty special!
     

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