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White chicken breeds?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by EHook518, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. EHook518

    EHook518 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi I need some help with breeds. I would like to add a pure white hen to my little flock. I do not want a white egg layer so I know leghorns are out. What breeds come in pure white that are social and friendly? I am not looking to breed, I just love the "classic" chicken look. [​IMG] Thank you in advance.
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Chanteclair :)

    Or white Ameraucana.
     
  3. EHook518

    EHook518 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had never heard of the chantecler, but after looking it up I want one lol! My problem is that I do not have an incubator and I have a small backyard urban farm so I don't know how to get one (purchasing 10+ birds is not really an option).
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    White rocks are classic, and they're common enough to be readily available.
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    White Rocks. But then, I'm soooo prejudiced toward Rocks.
     
  6. EHook518

    EHook518 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to look at some Rhode Island Whites on Thursday. Any thoughts on that breed?
     
  7. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    They're very rare to the point I doubt they're what you'll be looking at. Rhode Island Whites are a rose combed breed only, there is no single combed version. However, there are a lot of single combed Rhode Island Whites being bought & sold. Most people either don't know or don't accept that they should be rose combed only. If when you see these birds they have single combs they're not Rhode Island Whites.
     
  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    The commercial strains of RSL use this kind of single combed silver(white) bird that the hatcheries all claim to use in making some of their Red Sex Links. Since true, rose combed, RIW are often stated to be so rare as to number less than 3000 known to be in existence, this line of hatchery white parent stock birds must be a creation.

    Was RIW in their lineage? unknown. White Sussex? likely, given that most poultry genetic companies were/are located in Europe. Leghorn? given the desire for extreme egg production in the RSL, it seems likely.
     
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2012
  9. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    White silkie? lol
     
  10. EHook518

    EHook518 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] My boyfriend's family had a silkie when he was growing up, that is NOT an option lol!
     

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