Leucism in Chickens?

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by chippy99th, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. chippy99th

    chippy99th Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2016
    Does leucism occur in chickens? Might be a silly question but I couldn't find anything on the web regarding leucism and chickens specifically. The reason I ask is that I have a young chicken I think is leucistic and some roostersI think have partial leucism (random white feathers). They're just barnyard mutts, but none of the original birds were white and the parents of this particular young bird are not white (though the father has some white markings).

    Here are the parents:

    McClellan (dad) has white markings but not random white feathers. Only one of his sons had as much white as him -also not random, but in specific places like his -but three of his other sons have turned out to have random white feathers. All of those are your typical mostly red game-bird looking mutts.

    Princess (mom) has no white markings. Her mom was a silver phoenix and her dad was a mutt who also had no white markings.

    Here is the young cockerel I was talking about, he's between 6 and 7 weeks old:

    He's starting to grow in random colored feathers, like the one below. A couple are calico, a few have a scattering of gray speckles and a few are pale blond/cream colored.


    I've just in all my chicks never had one with so much white. There was one other in this clutch that was growing in white feathers, too (we gave away most of the chicks when they were a few days old, so don't know how that one turned out). Their ancestors, except the silver phoenix grandmother, are all generations of mutts from the feral bantam mixes in our neighborhood, and I've never seen any white ferals roaming around either. Their dad has the most white of any of them by far, and even he doesn't have much.

    So, not an urgent question, I'm just really curious. If anyone has opinions or info about leucism in chickens, I'd be very interested in hearing them.

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