Blue-red Leghorn x Exchequer Leghorn?

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  1. EAGLESview

    EAGLESview New Egg

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    Curious what colours I may end up with if I decide to incubate eggs from my blue-red Leghorn roo and Exchequer Leghorn hen. Has anyone done this, and if so, what did you end up with?
     
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  2. Ameraucanas

    Ameraucanas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never done it, but I can't wait to see what happens!
     
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  3. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    1st generation will not show the mottling of the Exchecquer, unless the rooster is a mottle carrier. Most likely not though.

    I'm anxious to see the outcome.
     
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    1st generation will not show the mottling of the Exchecquer, unless the rooster is a mottle carrier.  Most likely not though.

    I'm anxious to see the outcome.
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    This was my understanding too, that I'd need an Exchequer roo to continue the mottled from my Exchequer hen.

    Seen a couple of debates about crossing a blue-red to a white or brown Leghorn, but can't find anything to an Exchequer [​IMG]
     
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  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    First generation would be either solid black or blue, with males developing leakage as they mature. All would be carrying a gene for mottling, but since it's recessive, will not express. Second generation birds will be very interesting.
     
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    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    This was my understanding too, that I'd need an Exchequer roo to continue the mottled from my Exchequer hen.

    Seen a couple of debates about crossing a blue-red to a white or brown Leghorn, but can't find anything to an Exchequer [​IMG][/quote]

    Not sure in that one.

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    This guy is from @alohachickens Aloha program. He helping my Calico Naked Neck project out.

    Early in the Aloha program Exchequer Leghorns were added, but later discontinued because it was creating too much black and white and she wants the red white look.

    When you cross the offspring together you should start getting the look back. Another way to go would be to pick a descent son (black) and breed back to the mother.
     
  8. alohachickens

    alohachickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've done work with Exchequers, as Draye mentions, and you will find the first generation will all be pretty much black (or some blue because of the father). All chicks will be pretty much "solid" black, or solid blue, except you may see a stray white feather tip, on the tail, or on the wing, which is a clue or "tell" that the gene is hiding there.

    Six months later, you can cross one of the rooster back to the hens, and at that point the Mottling will re-appear, in this case one in four of the chicks would display spots. Most likely, they would still be blue and white or black and white, red leakage is possible but unlikely because the solid black is very strong. It took a lot of work for me to remove the black and lighten it. However, creating blue and white mottled is fairly easy. Unfortunately it looks pretty much like "Splash" pattern, but it was not difficult to create.

    Getting the red color is a numbers game, the gene is recessive so the more chicks you hatch the better your odds of having it appear again.
     

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