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Who's the Daddy?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by AuntNomi, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. AuntNomi

    AuntNomi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2015
    Callahan, Florida!
    Not sure if I am posting in the correct area or not but I took my best guess..
    We have a few chicks that hatched a few weeks ago. Mom is a white leghorn. We had 2 roos. A black one, and a RIR. The chicks were white with a few random black spots on them, now that they are feathering I am seeing some red feathers in there chest. I am trying to figure out which roo they belong to? I thought the black one, my husband thinks both. I lol at him, but hey I have no clue what I have here. And they are looking funny. Any ideas without pics? I tried to take some, but they run around too fast for me and everything was just blurred.
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Leghorns carry what's called dominant white. Basically, this gene covers any black with white. I don't think it effects red, or not nearly as much as black. So it may be very difficult to tell which was the father, with this white masking the "true" color of the chicks.

    did both the roosters have straight combs? If the black bird did not, that would be a way to tell his offspring as straight combs are recessive.
  3. AuntNomi

    AuntNomi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2015
    Callahan, Florida!
    Yes both have straight combs. Thanks for that info also.
  4. popsicle

    popsicle Chillin' With My Peeps

    What color are the legs and/or bottoms of the feet of the black rooster?

    The red rooster likely has yellow legs like the leghorn mother. I assume the black rooster has dark legs (potentially with white foot bottoms like an Australorp, or yellow like a Jersey Giant). Unless the black rooster also has yellow legs, if the chicks have anything other than yellow shanks, the black rooster is probably the father.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2015
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
  6. AuntNomi

    AuntNomi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2015
    Callahan, Florida!
    I will check all this out on the roo and see tomorrow as it is dark out now. Thanks for that info.
  7. kellyroberts01

    kellyroberts01 Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2015
    Hen is white frizzle polish and rooster is black silkie. Any guesses to what it will look like? It has yellow eyebrows and beard with dark body.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2015
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    x 3 on Donrae

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