How do you tell the difference between White Leghorns and White Stars

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kate2008, May 8, 2016.

  1. kate2008

    kate2008 Out Of The Brooder

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    Last month we obtained a couple of white battery birds at the end of a research study. They are six months old and enjoying the free life. I assumed they were White Leghorns but after looking at picture here on BYC, I realize they could be White Stars. How do you tell the difference. In pictures, they virtually the same.
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    They are virtually the same. The hybrids will lay more eggs, designed for the egg laying industry. The main difference is the commercial hybrids will have a flopped over comb. Look of a Hyline layer. That's the pinnacle of white egg layers. Being a "star" I'd assume it's a sex link making obvious which will be layers at hatch. With that in mind there may be some leakage of other color. A Pearl White Leghorn is pure white.
     
  3. danieljames2k16

    danieljames2k16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I got told that he/she is a white star but I don't think he/she is
     
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    She is not. It's a Columbian or Light such and such. By breed this color variety is called ether one. White legs and it's a Light Sussex, yellow legs and single comb Columbian Plymouth Rock, rose comb Columbian Wyandotte and pea comb with feathered feet is Light Brahma. There must be more...
     
  5. danieljames2k16

    danieljames2k16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What the sex he/she do you know
     
  6. kate2008

    kate2008 Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are the birds in question. My guess is that they are likely a Hyline hybrid like since they were rescued from a egg production / feed efficiency study.

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