Crossing California White Leghorns with ???...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by desertskynm, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. desertskynm

    desertskynm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys...

    Ok, I know you get a california white leghorn by crossing a CA grey leghorn with a white leghorn. My ? is that I am ordering california white leghorns from a hatchery and I want a rooster so the line will continue. I already have a wonderful rooster who is quiet, gentle= really very, very ideal- other than I don't know what he is other than part olive egger- or at least that was the color of the shell he hatched from.

    But....

    With the economy and cost of feed and all- I need/want the most efficient layer there is, but suited to not flying the coop or being too panicky every time they see a human- like a pure white leghorn is supposed to be.

    So it seems like the california white is ideal- but how does crossing a CA white with a CA white work out? Too much inbreeding? The whole cross/hybrid thing is a big question mark in my mind. Is it sustainable? Or if I am going to deal with crosses should I just get a grey leghorn roo, or white leghorn roo, or a different breed altogether- I do like speckled sussex?

    I emailed my question to the people at the hatchery a week ago and still no reply.

    As a side note, my current roo's papa was also a sweetheart... Should I just breed my roo to the CA white leghorns that come and just work on the lineage to bring up the egg count- or does that ruin the whole great egg laying trait that I want?

    Cheers
     
  2. cpegram

    cpegram Chillin' With My Peeps

    you will not get pure california whites by breeding california whites....California Whites are a mixed breed.......so they will not breed true...hope this helps
     
  3. desertskynm

    desertskynm Out Of The Brooder

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    Actually no... But I could just be really, really slow...

    CA whites are mixed to begin with. If I want to hatch the offspring- what do I use for the father to keep the egg laying as high as the first round will be?

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  4. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    If your goal is to retain the high egg-laying ratio, I suggest using a White Leghorn roo. If you want to introduce something different but keep the feed-to-production ratio you get with the lighter birds, you might try a Minorca roo.
     
  5. desertskynm

    desertskynm Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok.... The white leghorn roo makes sense.... I just checked the hatchery's website, they don't list Minorca but they said they would be updating come middle to late Jan.

    Thank you... [​IMG]

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