LEG colour dominant/recessive ?

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There are two genes that effect leg color. (Other genes that effect the plumage may effect them as well.)
w =yellow legs.
id+ =dermal melanin (A sex-linked gene, meaning females only get one copy.)
The plus sign + means wild type.
If the letters are uppercase they are dominant and the above genes are “turned off.”
Slate legs= W+W+id+id+
White legs= W+W+IdId
Yellow legs= wwIdId
Green legs= wwid+id+
I tried to explain it as well as I could. Need me to explain anything else?
 

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So you're saying its not as simple as one bird has yellow legs the other has green legs so offspring will have all green. or 50% green, or something like that. Seems more complicated than I was hoping. LOL
I have a green legged rooster. His genetics are a bit of a mystery since I bought him as an egg but was told his dad was a blue egg layer and mom a pure Speckled Sussex.
But he is lighter coloured and green legged.. I was hoping if I mated him to my lighter hens I may end up with some colouring aspect that will help me determine gender. I seriously seem to get 65 % male at every hatch for the passed 3 years. :idunno
 

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So you're saying its not as simple as one bird has yellow legs the other has green legs so offspring will have all green. or 50% green, or something like that. Seems more complicated than I was hoping. LOL
I have a green legged rooster. His genetics are a bit of a mystery since I bought him as an egg but was told his dad was a blue egg layer and mom a pure Speckled Sussex.
But he is lighter coloured and green legged.. I was hoping if I mated him to my lighter hens I may end up with some colouring aspect that will help me determine gender. I seriously seem to get 65 % male at every hatch for the passed 3 years. :idunno
It’s not super complicated.
He must be wwid+id+ which means when bred to non-slate-legged, non-green-legged hens you’ll get dark legged pullets and light legged cockerels. The only problem is the pullets might developed leg pigmentation only after they hatch.
 

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What does this mean? I'm trying to learn all I can about genetics. Thank you!
It means it isn’t a mutation. It is what original red junglefowl had. They have slate W+W+id+id+ legs.
I'm curious about this also, so I'll follow along. I would be doing the opposite though with a yellow legged roo over green leg hen.
That wouldn’t work the same. You’d get all yellow leg offspring. (Unless the yellow legged cock carried id+.) The cockerels would carry the dermal melanin gene, but you wouldn’t be able to tell them from the cock.
 

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I have some silkie crosses that just hatched. Father is silkie, mother is ameraucana/BCM cross (grey legs). Just verifying I would not be able tell genders by leg colors with these?
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It’s not super complicated.
He must be wwid+id+ which means when bred to non-slate-legged, non-green-legged hens you’ll get dark legged pullets and light legged cockerels. The only problem is the pullets might developed leg pigmentation only after they hatch.
so if I use my green legged rooster and yellow, pink, white or any other leg coloured hen (not slate or green) I will be able to tell gender at hatch, or after they hatch (meaning--by day 3/4/5?)
 

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so if I use my green legged rooster and yellow, pink, white or any other leg coloured hen (not slate or green) I will be able to tell gender at hatch, or after they hatch (meaning--by day 3/4/5?)
Either one. It really depends upon the individuals you are working with, which can be frustrating.
 

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