White Feather Gene- How does it work?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MommaBee, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. MommaBee

    MommaBee Chirping

    May 25, 2012
    We have a wonderful Rooster, Leroy, who is a White Marans. He is 6-7 mo old and performing his duties well. We thought about hatching some of the eggs from his flock for fun. No real goal in mind, just hoping to produce darker brown egg layers as well as some Olive Eggers.

    I am curious as to how the white feather gene will work. From what I understand it is recessive? So is it safe to assume that since none of our hens are white, we will not get any white chicks?

    Also feathered feet. None of our hens have feathered feet. He does. How will this play out genetically?

    Lastly is it safe to assume that all of his offspring will in fact lay darker eggs than their mothers?

    The following is the flock he is over:
    Barred Rock
    Speckeled Sussex
    Buff Orpington
    Partridge Rock
    3 Easter Eggers (one is solid light grey)
    Black Australorp

    Thanks for any advice or information you might have. I was an art major and have zero experience in genetics!

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