cross breeding leghorns and silkies

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  1. chickenshiha

    chickenshiha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i want to do an expirement with my leghorn rooster and silkie chicken breeding them to get a black skin and polished white hen that lays well but go broody often i did the breed not to sure if they can breed true (mabye not) if they dont i dont care nice lair went broody once
     
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  3. englishcockers

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    They will not have black skin, but the males will carry for the trait. (It's a sex linked trait, right?) A male from this cross should produce 50% black skinned daughters when bred back to a leghorn hen. (in theory at least, as I understand it) A silkie rooster over leghorn hen produces black skinned daughters and normally pigmented sons, right?
    I think it will take you several generations, a lot of study and culling to get what you are after, but it's not impossible.
     
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  5. englishcockers

    englishcockers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for clarifying this. I had the wrong impression. I'm sure you know what you are talking about....Except that a longhorn is a cow so I don't think you can cross it with a chicken. LOL (autocorrect?)
     
  6. chickenshiha

    chickenshiha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so it is impossible or something? as i saw some pictures of leghorn X silkies with black skin... but lets go on about the other traits like laying or broodying please i really dont care ab out the skin color honestly (dont wanna be rude)
     
  7. smarsh

    smarsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I imagine a long legged hen wearing silk stockings.
    on the serious side, some will likely be good layers and some will go broody, hard to know
     
  8. englishcockers

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    I remember a post by Nicalandia where he wrote that he felt that the extreme broodiness had been passed from a Silkie rooster to his half Leghorn daughters. I don't know how to find the old post. Generally he was one of the more knowlegable people regarding genetics. I haven't seen him posting for quite a while.
     

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