Cross Breeding Leghorn to Rhode Island Red ???

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by kenodell, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. kenodell

    kenodell Hatching

    Oct 23, 2007
    I have Rhode Island Red and White Rock Hens and 1 Very Healthy [​IMG] White Leghorn Rooster If I hatch the brown eggs will the new hatch hens lay white eggs or Brown??
    Thanks for your help
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I've heard the Roo carries the color gene, yet I am convinced from my own crosses that it is not a single gene and that they can mix colors. I would go for a light brown/tinted egg, but, since it is a gene mix up, I say any shade in between is possible.
  3. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Songster

    Oct 29, 2007
    from what i've read, if you cross a RIR Roo on to a white leghorn you will get brown eggs and off spring that is commonly called "Red Star" which is also known as a sex link. What I don't know is if you will get these exact results right off the first cross or if you have to do multiple crosses to get these results.

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