Crested Cream Legbar rooster...what to cross with??

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by ChickFlick123, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. ChickFlick123

    ChickFlick123 In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2017
    Hi! My CL rooster is finally grown and has just started fertilizing eggs. He is the only rooster in my bunch so he has all the girls going now.

    I’m wanting to breed for egg color, particularly the dark browns, deep olives and strong blues.

    What would be good crosses to work towards these colors? And what do you think each cross would bring for egg color? My current hens are:

    Red production
    Cuckoo maran
    ISA Brown
    California White
    Calico Princess
    Golden sex link
    Easter Egger
    Barred Rock
    Silver Laced Wyandotte
    Golden Laced Wyandotte
    Lavender orpington
    Salmon Favorelle
    Buff orpington

    I’m excited to start seeing what I can create but really need some guidance. I also have enough girls that I could get a second rooster...was thinking maybe BCM so I can get that dark brown egg gene but open to suggestions

  2. MillersFarm

    MillersFarm Easily distracted by Chickens

    Jun 3, 2016
    Lewiston NY
    You've got quite the bunch of breeds! All very lovely. If you want that nice, dark, Olive color I'd suggest crossing your LB roo over your cucko maran or welsummer, BCM would be your best bet if you have any.
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  3. Angeline1978

    Angeline1978 Songster

    May 22, 2016
    My vote 1. Barred Rock 2. Cal White for mix chicks. I think they would be beautiful.
  4. ChickFlick123

    ChickFlick123 In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2017
    I’m trying to find a good source for BCM that has ratings on the high end of the egg color scale but haven’t found one yet. The hatchery chicks just don’t have that dark chocolate egg from what I’ve heard but I would love to get my hands on one! :)
  5. GaryDean26

    GaryDean26 Chicken Czar

    Dec 22, 2011
    McAlester, OK
    My Coop
    The Blue Egg Gene is dominant so all the offspring from a Pure Cream Legbar should lay blue, green, or olive eggs. We have done several crosses.

    For the bluest eggs you need to line breed. Cross the Legbar to other breeds splits the blue egg gene and it doesn't come through as blue. Our crosses to our white egg breed were noticably more pale than the pure Legbar eggs. I am not sure if you would have better luck with crosses to the Easter Eggs or Americauna but in general improoving color requires that you control the expression and saturation through line breeding and any crosses, even crossed to Legbar of another line lightens the egg color.

    We also bred Marans for 5 years and it is even more important to line breed them for good egg color. If you want good egg color DON'T put an egg in the incubator just because it is fertile. When you collect eggs every day pick out the one that are colored the best to hatch. That might mean eating 9 eggs and hatching one. Hatching more eggs ussually just means more of what you don't want. Hatching fewer eggs you will get the egg color you are after quicker.

    Below is a photo we took in December. Their is a Marans egg, a Legbar egg, and oliver eggs from the Marans/Legbar cross.

    Olive Eggs.jpg

    And her is the hen that laid the Olive eggs (the Cuckoo hen in the front) with one of Our Legbar Cocks and Marans Hens so show what they produce together.

    Olive Egger.JPG
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