Breeding Question??????

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Shrimp Daddy, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. Shrimp Daddy

    Shrimp Daddy Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 15, 2015
    Ridgeland SC
    Not sure if this is the right place to post this but has anyone ever crossed a barred rock and a Leghorn. If so were they good layers. Also will cross breeding hurt good laying breeds.
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    A Barred Rock X White Leghorn will produce good laying offspring. Not as high production as a straight Leghorn but most likely better than a plain Rock. Eggs will be brown. The offspring's plumage will be white, potentially with very faint barring, since Dom. White can be leaky.

    Cross breeding between two egg production breeds will result in offspring of similar and sometimes improved egg production (see the intentional use of hybridization of breeds in Sex Links and hybridization of strains in Production Reds). However, cross breeding of a production and non-production/meat breed will result in offspring of lowered production than the production-oriented parent.

    So for example, your given cross of a Plymouth Rock and a Leghorn should result in offspring with a good rate of production. However, crossing between, say, a Leghorn and a Gamefowl, would result in offspring with significantly lower egg production than that of the Leghorn parent's, although still better than most Gamefowl.
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    I agree.
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    I agree, too.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    me too

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