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Cream legbar x silver leghorn

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the Standard o' started by Rod-T, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a chance of getting some silver leghorn pullets
    And since it seems cream legbars roosters are free everywhere..
    So my question is will a creme legbar rooster over silver leghorn produce blue egg laying sexlinks..?
    My thoughts the chicks should come out chipmunk stripes.. but pullets should be gold and cockerels should be silver. .
    Do i have this right?
    Anyone done this?
     
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Calling all genitics experts
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't think the chicks will be sexlinked. Legbars have silver and barring. Most of the chicks will be barred (regardless of gender) and silver, with varying degrees of gold/red leakage. For red sexlinks, you need a red rooster and a silver hen. For black sexlinks, you need a barred hen. But the pullets should be blue egg layers. The blue shell color is dominant over the white shell color.
     
  4. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So is the silver leghorn siver based? I could do a rir to get red sexlinks?
     
  5. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't think cream legbars passed any barring since the cream legbars pullets don't have dots on there head
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    All black and white patterned birds are silver based. Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshires, or Production Reds are favored for producing red sexlinks, due to their reddish down as chicks.
    Not all lines of Cream Legbars are autosexing. It can be easily lost if breeding isn't done carefully. Sometimes females have clearly visible white dots, sometimes males won't have a visible spot due to pale down color. Most hens do have barring, it's just much harder to see on some than others.
     
  7. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so cream legbar not a good choice. .
    But is the silver leghorn silver based? The rooster is black. And white. ..but hens no
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, Silver Leghorns are silver based, hence why they are called 'silver'. Hens have a black and white penciled, partridge type pattern with a salmon chest. Silver birds are basically white (silver) birds with black patterning.
    Think of it this way, all chickens are, genetically, either silver or gold. Black is a 'pattern', not a color gene. There are lots of different genes that control how much black a bird has, and where it can express. Solid white and solid black birds should not be used for making sexlinks because those genes completely hide the base color.

    For example, these Easter Egger hens are gold based with black, partridge type patterning. No white (silver) on them at all.
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    These Barred Rocks are silver based with a black barring pattern.
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  9. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you for taking the time to explain that.. I'm getting a good deal on these leghorn pullets. . Just trying to figure out a breeding strategy
     
  10. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    If you're trying to figure out the sex of chicks at hatch, then your best bet would be to get yourself a red rooster and put over the Silver Leghirn pullets. You'll have yourself some red sex links.
     

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