Is there such thing as a Grey Leghorn?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by K-12 Chickens, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. K-12 Chickens

    K-12 Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there really such thing as a Grey Leghorn? I've looked at chicken breed books and have seen everything BUT a Grey Leghorn variety.
     
  2. vebyrd36

    vebyrd36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How about a : Class: Class: California Gray

    Never accepted into the APA Standard of Perfection

    Size: Cock: 5.5 lbs Hen: 4.5 lbs

    Comb, Wattles and Earlobes: Bright red single comb and wattles, small white earlobes close to head.

    Color: Dark horn beak, reddish bay eyes, yellow shanks and toes MALE : Barred in light grey and white FEMALE : Barred in dark grey ( almost black ) and white

    PLace of origin: United States

    Conservation Status: Not applicable

    Special Qualities: Good layer of white eggs. Autosexing Parent stock of today's commerical California White hybrid.



    This breed was developed in California during the 1930s by crossing White Leghorns with Barred Plymouth Rocks. The goal was to have a good dual-purpose bird that laid large white eggs. It was never accepted into the APA Standard of Perfection, so the breed never really took off.

    This breed is autosexing, with distinctly different coloring in pullets and cockerels at hatching time. It was later used in the development of the California White, a commercial hybrid.

    California Grays are said to be calm, and they are excellent winter layers.
     
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  4. K-12 Chickens

    K-12 Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Snowbell(the gray leghorn)is quite calm but can be a little aggressive sometimes. She has a large red floppy comb and fairly big wattles. She is pure white and has a wedge-shaped tail. Here is a head shot of her:

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  5. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Well.. since she's pure white, why are you saying she's a grey? She looks more like a White Leghorn or a California White.
     
  6. K-12 Chickens

    K-12 Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Because that's what I heard she was. Maybe the name got mixed up or something.
     

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