RIR x leghorn

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

  1. Lurch1

    Lurch1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Can you sex link this cross?
     
  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some white leghorn strains have the silver gene
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    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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