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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by LadyHawk_2006, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. LadyHawk_2006

    LadyHawk_2006 Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2008
    Savannah, Ga
    Hi everyone!

    I have a penpal in South America who has a chicken that he calls a "gallo-gallina". He only writes me in Spanish, but it sounds like it's a hereditary thing where the rooster has the same plumage as the hens. Is this a breed thing or can it happen in any breed? I tried looking it up online but I couldn't find anything but one picture of one.

    Just curious. Thanks!

  2. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    Sebrights have hen feathering. It's a trait of the breed or how they were bred or however you would say that. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2009
  3. LadyHawk_2006

    LadyHawk_2006 Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2008
    Savannah, Ga
    I asked him about it and he said it's a gene. It's been a long time since high college genetics class for me, but I think I get at least the basics. So, as he put it:

    H is the gene for gallo-gallina
    h is the gene for normal plumage

    HH - gallo-gallina homocigoto (<----don't know that word, maybe homozygus?), always gallo-gallina

    Hh - gallo-gallina heterocigoto (<----don't know that word either, maybe heterozygus?), changes to gallo-gallina after the molt

    hh - normal plumage

    He also said that it was a very old breed that goes back to Roman times.

    Anyone else have any other info?
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2009
  4. LadyHawk_2006

    LadyHawk_2006 Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2008
    Savannah, Ga
    Here's 2 pictures:


  5. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    Sounds like that's the Spanish equivalent of hen feathering. Sebrights are fully hen feathered, Campines are partially hen feathered, there's an Oriental breed that's hen feathered, and a few others too. It's a genetic trait, dominant I believe.
  6. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2008
    Groesbeek Netherlands
    The gene symbol is Hf for Henny feathering

    Hf/Hf henny feather shape and color!
    Hf/hf+ shape only
    hf+/hf+ normal feathers

    H is the symbol for the Silky gene
    H+/? is normal
    h/h is silky
  7. cwc362

    cwc362 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2008
    Huntingdon- West Tn
    Quote:That's the word I was trying to think of - "Henny"
  8. cabrera1996

    cabrera1996 New Egg

    May 20, 2016
    coachella ca
    do they breed with chickens

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