White Leghorn rooster x Rhode Island Red Crosses

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Cuckoo Roo, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Cuckoo Roo

    Cuckoo Roo New Egg

    Jun 17, 2011
    Hey there. I have a really nice White Leghorn roo that I'm planning on matching with my five Rhode Island Red hens. I have searched and searched but the only reference I can find to this cross is that the Kansas State Agricultural College did an experiment with this set and other crosses in 1930. They published their results and they are very encouraging. They can be feather sexed, they have a much lower chick mortality rate and a higher hatch rate which they ascribed to their hybrid vigor. They lay earlier and more than any of the other crosses that were attempted including the standard black sex link.

    Why is this not a commonly available cross?

    Why has this mix not been bred and stabalized to see how they compare?

    What is this mix called? Many seem to say, "Oh I know that cross. It's called XXXXXX." But when I check on it the information is wrong.

    Has anyone made this cross? I know there's a post on RIR roo on Leghorn hens but not the other direction.

    The results of the Kansas test was that this cross lays sooner than the RIR roo/leghorn hen cross and the straight RIR hens. They lay almost as soon as the straight Leghorns. They layed bigger eggs than all the others in the test. They layed more eggs than all the others by a considerable margin. They are bigger and grow faster even than the straight RIR's. They started laying almost two months earlier than the RIR's. They are a medium broody. Not as broody as the other cross and RIR but not near as indifferent as the straigh Leghorns.

    All in all this seems like a superior cross to anything else they tried but it doesn't seem to be available commercially. Just seems odd.

    Does anyone have any experience with this cross? Any pictures? I would love to see some before we give it a shot.

  2. cornfed80

    cornfed80 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 23, 2011
    poynor tx
    it should turn out like a sex link i would think
  3. lynchfisher

    lynchfisher Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2012
    I was researching the same question this morning. Did anything ever come of this?
  4. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    I have a leghorn. they are great birds. light weight, good egg layers and don't eat much.
  5. cmfarm

    cmfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Elgin, TX
    I believe they can only be feathered sexed but only if the Leghorn is not already bred to be feather sexed, then it won't work. Here is some info on how it works.

    The table below contains some of the birds that can be crossed to produce chicks that can be feather sexed.

    Any of the males in the table, can be crossed with any of the females in the table to produce offspring that can be feather sexed. If you purchased your birds from a hatchery, check with the hatchery to see if the hatchery feather sexed the birds you purchased. If your stock was feather sexed, then the chickens can not be used for feather sexing crosses.


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