RIR, White Leghorn mix coloring question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chickycammy, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. Chickycammy

    Chickycammy Chirping

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    I have a 19-day old female RIR, WHite Leghorn mix that has been getting her feathers and I thought she'd be solid white as she was at hatching, yet now she has 1 black feather. I don't see any other black feathers on her so I'm wondering if this means she won't be solid white like her mom in the future or am I getting my hopes up that she'll forever have 1 black feather?
     

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  2. Tiana's chickens

    Tiana's chickens Songster

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    Hmm. as more feathers come in she'll probably get a couple more black ones I'd say
     
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    Tiana's chickens Songster

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    Also, usually RIR cross white leghorns give isa brown hens and white males so I'm surprised you've got a white female since that cross is sex linked
     
  4. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

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    No, the cross is not sex linked. White Leghorns cannot be used in any color sex linked crosses.

    White Leghorn crosses often do have flecks of black. She may have it when she matures, or it may molt out. You will have to wait and see.
     
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  5. Chickycammy

    Chickycammy Chirping

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    That'd be cool. I say she's jealous of her half-brother because he got the red color because his mother is a golden comet so she had to have at least one black feather XD
     
  6. Chickycammy

    Chickycammy Chirping

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    This is my first time breeding so I wasn't sure. I had heard that white washes out every other color out so I was shocked to see that black feather pop up.
     
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    Oh sorry I was confusing myself with the RIR X RIW lol
     

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