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RIR x leghorn

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lurch1, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. Lurch1

    Lurch1 In the Brooder

    Dec 28, 2009
    Perth, ON
    Can you sex link this cross?

  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Quote:My initial thought was no. In SL crosses the roo is the RIR and you cross to a white chicken, but what you're really looking for is the "silver" gene and I don't think white leghorns have it. Delawares, Rhode Island Whites and White Rocks can be used.
  3. MrChicken207

    MrChicken207 Chirping

    Jun 4, 2010
    Caribou, Maine
    some white leghorn strains have the silver gene
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    50 years ago I crossed a RIR rooster on leghorn hens. If I recall correctly, all the chicks were white with black flecking. I do recall that the pullets were exceptional layers. I know that the hens matured to be primarily white with some black feathers. The cockerels we ate, but I think they were primarily white also.

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