crossing RIR cock to white leghorn hens=will they lay large brown eggs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by youridreezen, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. youridreezen

    youridreezen Songster

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    if i cross a RIR cock to white leghorn hens will they lay large brown eggs?

    or should i use a New Hampshire cock?

    what one of the two cocks should i use to get the largest brownest eggs?

    or will they not lay brown eggs?

    any help would be great.

    cheers youri.
     

  2. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    Either roo would give you the same result. You might get good size pale/tinted eggs from the offspring, and they will be sex-linked. Sure to be prolific layers!
     
  3. youridreezen

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    Quote:it would not be sex linked by colour but by fast feathering.

    what do you think would be best a RIR cock or a NH cock?

    cheers youri.
     
  4. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Songster

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    They should be sex link. Red sex link.
     
  5. youridreezen

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    Quote:no.
    white leghorns are not silver based.

    you can still sex them at day old but not from the colour.

    cheers youri.
     
  6. RAREROO

    RAREROO Crowing

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    Quote:no.
    white leghorns are not silver based.

    you can still sex them at day old but not from the colour.

    cheers youri.

    I agree, I have also heard that White Leghorns do not have the silver gene and that they are dominant white.
     
  7. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    youridreezen :
    Your right White Leghorns are not silver based..
    If it was me I would use the Rhode Island Red.
    It really shouldn't make a different either way because the New Hamshire are bread from RIR's and there is no record of any other breed being used...
    Now for the most part when you breed the RIR and the leghorn together you are making a line of Production Red...

    Chris
     

  8. youridreezen

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    ok thanks.
    i thought about NH's because the lady i can get leghorn and RIR's from said her RIR are bad layers she said they lay a big egg but not many at all.

    i am also going to do a RIR or NH cross light sussex because they will be sex linked.

    i have read that to be able to feather sex you need to use white leghorn cock and RIR hens:rolleyes:[​IMG]

    so not sure.

    cheers youri.
     
  9. cubalaya

    cubalaya Crowing

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    Quote:thats how production reds were created
     
  10. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:thats how production reds were created

    For the most part yes!
    There are more that one strain of Production Reds. One was line was bread solely from RIR's like the New Hampshire and another is a RIR with Leghorn blood introduced..

    Chris
     

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