My BLACK Leghorn x Rhode Island Red chick...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by wjallen05, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check this out!!!

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    Can anyone explain to me how this happened?? You can imagine how shocked I was to find the fuzzy little thing running around in the bator. They are all a cross from my 236/White Leghorn hens and my RIR rooster.
     
  2. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, isnt't that interesting! I have 2 Ideal236 eggs under my broody Silkie right now...the daddy is probably my RIR rooster. If I get a black chick, I would assume my Black Sizzle was the daddy, but now it looks like that's not necessarily the case...
     
  3. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no one else is amazed by this???? I thought it was simply incredible.
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Well the Ideal 236 has some black genetics in it becouse they have black flicks in them. Something like the Exchequer Leghorn but with less black. Then when you cross a black bird with a Rhode Islan Red you get all black chicks..

    Exchequer Leghorn : (not my bird)

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  5. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's kinda what I was thinking...there must be some black genetics in there that the white is covering up...my 236's have a few black feathers, but not as many as that gorgeous Exchequer.
     
  6. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a beautiful rooster. I have some Exchequer Leghorn chicks that I got from Ideal. They are a couple of months old now. I know they won't be the same quality, but I am very excited to have them.
     
  7. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am surprised you did not get more of the black chicks. Ideals 236 is not always a homozygous dominant white (I) bird. Ideal sells white only white which are homozygous for I. Almost all commercial white leghorns are black under the white.

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  8. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Der.[​IMG]...I'd been thinking as if half of the offspring ought to be black if it was due to 'split' for dominant white (I/i+). I wonder whether I could get any more stupid? Just one of your females is 'split' for I/i+, which would allow for a considerably smaller number of black chick. Have any of your white females got black flecks?
     
  9. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of my hens are solid white. I have 6 total. A couple have a few black spots. I have hatched out 19 chicks of this cross. Most have been all white, a few have had lots of spots, one is a very light reddish color, and one solid black.
     
  10. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    That makes sense. The white birds with black spots are carrying only one dominant white gene (the other gene to the pair being not dominant white). the black spots being the leakage. The RIR X with your solid white birds will all be white offspring (with the black spots) but around half the offspring of the white birds with black flecks will inherit the not dominant white gene & will be black.
    The down colour of the yellow chicks with the black spots is typical of chicks with one dominant white gene.
     

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