Pearl White Leghorns

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by stevin, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. stevin

    stevin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the hatchery calls them hybrids. But what would you end up with if a PWL Roo is bred with a PWL hen? has anyone tried?
     
  2. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    Wouldn't it be the same? You have the same ratio from each side. Out of curiosity do you know what the other part(s) of them are besides Leghorn?
     
  3. stevin

    stevin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think that I would end up with "PWL" chicks but the hatchery says that they are hybrids. Here is what McMurrays has to say,

    "The most productive meat birds and egg layers available today are hybrids that result from the crosses of different breeds of chickens. These include Pearl White Leghorns and Cornish X Rocks."
     
  4. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    The math would lead me to think you'd end up with the same PWL. That is if they're selling birds with the same ratio each breed.
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    My guess is that Pearl White Leghorns are McMurray Hatchery's own special strain of ordinary White Leghorns. They may very well be crosses and not real White Leghorns (most commercial strains are barely like the real breed- the parents of Cornish X are nothing like White Rocks or White Cornish, from what I've heard).
    If you bred the Pearl White Leghorns together, you would likely end up with more Pearl White Leghorns, or at least similar.
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Murray McMurray actually contradicts itself in the above statement. In their description of the Pearl White leghorn, MM refers to it as a special "strain" of White Leghorn, which is correct. Cornish X is a hybrid, but the Pearl White Leghorn is a true breed (a white Leghorn); but a "strain" of White Leghorn in which the parents have been specially selected for their laying ability. If you breed a PWL rooster with a PWL hen, you would have Pearl White Leghorn offspring.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Semantics aside, they're Leghorns and when you breed a male Leghorn to a female Leghorn you're going to get baby Leghorns.
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     

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