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Black Jersey Giant x White Leghorn

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by NellaBean, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    My Jersey Giant (black) cockerel has been giving my White Leghorn girls a workout the last couple days. One has been laying a couple weeks and the other started yesterday. One egg had a break in it today so I cracked it and it was fertile! Go figure.

    I don't have plans to hatch any of the Jersey cross babies as I really did not expect him to actually "make it work" with these smaller girls. But apparently he did!

    What the heck would a JG/WL cross look like? A really big egg laying machine? A really small poor layer?

    Sort of related, can some explain the white gene that is White Leghorn? Is it dominant or recessive? If so, how does it carry up against a blue (andalusian) or red (RIR)?
     
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  2. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm not sure how they'd measure up size wise. They would have white plumage with black flecks. I imagine they'd be pretty good layers as both breeds have good reputations as layers. Their eggs would be tinted in colour.

    White leghorns are dominant white on extended black, often with barring & silver. When crossed wih most colours white leghorns would give white offpring.
     
  3. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    Well, my Jersey Giant Rooster, regardless of giant size, has been making it happen with my white leghorn pullets. One of them keeps cracking her eggs, so I went ahead and finished the job so I could scramble them for the dogs....and all three have had bullzeyes! I am going to toss some in the incubator next week when I start my next batch. I am also going to try some of my little red girl (whatever she is, too small to be RIR...maybe RIRx?) since the Giant Rooster gets her the most.

    Guess I will find out what the cross looks like soon enough! I have white leghorn and black giant pullets, and a black giant rooster. So i will have something to compare all the babies to other than a white leghorn roo.

    It would be nice to get a bird that lays like a leghorn, but a heavier body. I guess it would then be similar to other dual purpose birds. But I love the personality of my Giants and the egg laying of leghorns. Hopefully I won't end up with the egg laying of the Giants with the personality of the leghorns [​IMG] Giants may be decent layers, but my girl has not started yet so I can't compare.
     
  4. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm sorry. My brain must have had a hiccup that day.
    I read Giant & thought Austalorp. I don't know whether Giants are said to be good layers. Sorry about that. [​IMG] Fingers crossed they lay like leghorns.[​IMG]
     
  5. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    That's okay, they look almost identical it seems. I have heard Jersey giants are good layers, just late maturing. I expect nice big brown eggs eventually! I plan to keep and grow out a few of the crosses, even if only to have some bigger girls for the Giant rooster to be with. I am curious as they are such opposite sides of the spectrum now. Small white flighty girls who are great early layers and GIANT black mellow but slow maturing boy.

    Thanks for the info anyways [​IMG]
     
  6. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    I hatched out 14 of these babies this week. They are all yellow with a few black spots.


    [​IMG]


    Just as expected! My regular Jersey Giant girl finally started laying and is a decent layer with very often HUGE eggs. My White Leghorns lay LARGE to XL eggs every single day without time off....I'm expecting some great layers out of this bunch, hopefully with a little more size than my leghorns, but maybe not as sketchy? I can hope!


    [​IMG]

    There are a couple brahma chicks in there too, and the black chicks are Giant/RIR crosses from my little RIR pullet.
     
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  7. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

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    Interesting! Looking forward to seeing what you end up with.
     
  8. Dustin Biery

    Dustin Biery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mulberry, Arkansas
    Sorry to tell you, but cracking an egg open, you will not be able to tell if it is fertile unless it has been fertilized. You may have seen a blood spot or you may have seen the germoplast, but you cannot tell if a fresh egg is fertilized with out it being incubated at least a period of time.
     
  9. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

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    Quote:Uhhh...if you crack open a fresh egg and it has the white bulls-eye, it is fertile. It does not need to be incubated.

    There are pics throughout Speckledhen's thread regarding what fresh, fertile eggs look like.
     
  10. Dustin Biery

    Dustin Biery Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Mulberry, Arkansas
    No that is a blastosperm, or something like that. All eggs have that! Im sorry if Cynthias pictures show you something, but even if you crack open an egg from the supermarket, they have those, and I know they aren't fertile.

    **edited to remove unkindness**
     
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