Cream legbar crossed Goldline, thoughts and experiences?

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  1. nadrojsack

    nadrojsack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive got the opportunity to add a cream legbar cockeral to my Goldline hens, im coming to the end of hatching quail and would like to know if anyone has crossbeed a cream legbar with a goldline? if so what have been your results? Im looking for occasional coloured eggs in a high egg laying bird. thanks
     
  2. nadrojsack

    nadrojsack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would it make something like a cream legbar and a rir? but better?!
     
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    nadrojsack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just for reference. . .
     
  4. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi.
    If the cream legbar rooster has both blue egg genes(homozygous) then all the female offspring will get a blue egg gene and it's dominant. Couple that with the brown egg coating of the goldline and you get a green egg, so all the pullets from such a breeding should lay green eggs. If he doesn't have both blue egg genes(heterozygous) then 50% will lay green eggs. I believe that's right anyway.

    I used my legbar cockerel on my RIR and I love the pullets from this cross and intend to breed some more as they have great personality, are quite pretty and lay avocado/olive coloured eggs about 6 days a week at the moment. My RIR lays a dark egg though, so with a goldline you will most likely get a very pale green.
     
  5. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, just noticed that we are very near neighbours! Hello and welcome! Where are you in Durham?
     
  6. nadrojsack

    nadrojsack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what an awesome response! thankyou. I guess ill get the rooster then. how long should i give the rooster before setting the eggs do you know? thankyou
     
  7. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on the cockerel. If he is an established cockerel and the hens are accepting him then a few days should be enough, give it a week to be sure. If he is a young bird and the hens are older, they may not accept his advances and it may take longer. Watch them and see how they interact.

    I should say that my experience is very limited in that I've only got 2 pullets from this cross so far and sadly one has now got Mareks disease so she is not laying. And the eggs that I am getting are very small, but then they are pullets eggs and my RIR doesn't lay big eggs like a Goldline will. The pullet who is laying though is undoubtedly my favourite out of a flock of 40.
     
  8. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

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    Are these males pictured the Cream Legbars you are planning on picking up?

    If so, these do not look like pure Cream Legbar at all. There is a very good chance those cockerels are already a mix meaning they would only have one blue egg gene not the 2 they are supposed to have. This means not all offspring of your planned cross will get a colored egg gene, more like 50/50.
     
  9. nadrojsack

    nadrojsack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they are the available cockerals, i thought as much as the chap said they were sold to him as cream legbars but is only advertising them as legbars. in any case a few coloured eggs here and there would be nice. Anyone got a picture of a pure breed.cream legbar rooster?
     
  10. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

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    This is my Pure Cream Legbar cock.
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    He isn't as silver as he looks, as you can see in the last pic in the snow his cream stands out (please excuse his frostbite)
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