white leghorn rooster x brown egg layer

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by 1 Bad Rotti, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. 1 Bad Rotti

    1 Bad Rotti Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know what colored eggs I will get out of a white leghorn roo crossed on brown egg laying hens? Will it improve the egg laying?
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    You'll get light brown eggs. It will improve the laying, yes. Most Sex Links are created with brown egg layers crossed with White Leghorn hens.
     
  3. 1 Bad Rotti

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    Thanks, I wasn't sure what would happen. I've heard that the pulleys take after their father and with me using a leghorn rooster I was afraid I'd get white eggs. Thanks for the help.
     
  4. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Not Really, Most White Leghorn strains are just Domiant white and dont carry the silver genes, so someone would have to find a strain of Silver Gened White Leghorns to make sexlinks with them, other wise the chicks of both sexes would just be white with black Dots. Like illustrated by a california white.
     
  5. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Clint,

    You are usually on the spot with your information but I have to disagree with your information about the white leghorn. White leghorns are silver. Dominant white is not very good at inhibiting red pigment therefore white leghorns are silver. If the males or females did leak red through the hyopstatic black, the red would show through the dominant white.

    Illia,

    I do not know of any cross that can use white leghorns in a sex linked cross. White leghorns have the incorrect genes to use in a black sex linked or a red sex linked cross.

    I agree that the cross will produce light brown to cream colored eggs.

    Tim
     
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  6. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:OK Thats confusing, so I guess I have been telling everyone wrong about that part, but when when you explain it like that, it does make sense. So since they are not showing gold through the white, then they are silver ? But in the case of like Red Pyle for example, which I know are gold gened but since they are showing the gold through the dom white then they are gold gened ? If so then that makes more sence but then what are the "incorrect genes" that you say they are lacking to make sexlinks if its not silver ?

    Either way I was right about them not making sexlinks but I'm glad you corrected me but I would like to know the reason then why they cant so I can pass the RIGHT info on to the next person.
     
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I crossed RIR rooster over White Leghron hens and they laid very very light brown, cream, or "off white" colored eggs.

    Both sexes hatched out the same color (white with black spots) but the males matured with red leakage on their wings, while the females stayed white with random black dots. Too bad you can't color sex them as chicks. The pullets were very good layers [​IMG]
     
  8. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:OK Thats confusing, so I guess I have been telling everyone wrong about that part, but when when you explain it like that, it does make sense. So since they are not showing gold through the white, then they are silver ? But in the case of like Red Pyle for example, which I know are gold gened but since they are showing the gold through the dom white then they are gold gened ? If so then that makes more sence but then what are the "incorrect genes" that you say they are lacking to make sexlinks if its not silver ?

    Either way I was right about them not making sexlinks but I'm glad you corrected me but I would like to know the reason then why they cant so I can pass the RIGHT info on to the next person.

    Parent birds can not carry dominant white (white leghorn) to produce black sex linked chicks. As you know, the chicks will be white and not show a white spot on the head.

    White leghorns are extended black or birchen at the E locus- these alleles will produce black chicks which will not show the red or white color in the chick down in a red sex linked chick.

    Sometimes, if the genetype is correct, a person can cross a dominat white female (silver) with a gold male and get white chicks as males and white chicks with red faces as females. This can be done but you have to have specific genes in both patents to get this type of red sex linked cross to work.

    I believe a white leghorn female (birchen at E locus) crossed with a buff orpington male will work as a red sex linked cross. I am not sure what the percentages would be in male verses female. I have never made the cross with white leghorns but I still believe it would work. I have made the cross with another dominant white bird that worked.


    Tim
     
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  9. ChickFarmer

    ChickFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Fast feathering male ie leghorn over slow feathering hen makes feather sexable chicks. Not by color but by rate of feathering.
     
  10. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have WHite Leghorn Roo over Rhode Island Red Hens. THey look like s slightly larger white leghorn and lay as good as my pure leghorns. Their eggs are very light Brown, I would call them off-white.
     

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