Pearl vs Ideal 236 vs California vs ISA vs Shaver vs Hisex vs Dekalb vs Bovans vs Babcock vs Hi-line

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sovietkennels, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. sovietkennels

    sovietkennels New Egg

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    Hello, I'm interested in hearing from owners of white leghorns who have had some experience with different strains.

    I understand these birds all have leghorn ancestry and some are hybrids, and I would like to know what they were mixed with and why.

    I know every hatchery has their own stain to set them apart, but has anyone seen a true difference that would have you choose one over another?

    Also would they not breed true like Cornish Xs, or are they not on that level vigor.

    Last question I promise, do the production cocks at least look like their heritage leghorn cousins?

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    Pearl
    Ideal 236
    California white
    ISA white
    Shaver white
    Hisex white
    DeKalb white
    Bovans white
    Babcock white
    Hi-line w-36/w-98/cv-24L/cv-22
     
  2. Michael OShay

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    I've personally owned three of the birds on your list (Pearl White Leghorn, California White, and Isa White). All of the birds on your list are commercial White Leghorn strains which will breed true (the offspring look like their WL parents) with the exception of the Ideal 236 and the California White; and they are all egg laying machines. California Whites are a hybrid produced by crossing California Gray roosters with White Leghorn hens. They are not quite as prolific a layer as the pure White Leghorn strains, but they have have a better temperament (less high strung and flighty). I've never had Ideal 236 but I do know that they are hybrids bred by crossing White Leghorn roosters with California Gray hens. They will not breed true and I would expect their lay rate to be about the same as that of the California Gray hens. Based on my personal experience with the commercial strains of White Leghorns that I've had, there is really no significant difference in the the lay rate of these White Leghorn strains (if there were the other strains would soon go out of business). :eek:) Any of them will normally exceed 300 large white eggs per hen per year. Hope this helps.
     
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  3. sovietkennels

    sovietkennels New Egg

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    Thank you Micheal, so if egg production was basically the same in the 3 strains you've owned, was there any physical or behavioral difference in them, and did you own any cocks off those strains?
     
  4. Michael OShay

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    You're welcome. I've had some cocks from both White Leghorn strains. I couldn't really see any physical or behavioral difference in either of the white Leghorn strains (roosters or hens). They both had a typical Leghorn temperament; high strung and flighty (they hated being handled). If you want a better temperament in a white egg layer go with the California Whites. :eek:)
     
  5. sovietkennels

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    Thanks, does anyone else have experience with different strains of leghorns?
     
  6. Michael OShay

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    You're welcome.
     

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