Yellow Legs x Slate Legs = White Legs?


Intentional Solitude
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16 Years
Feb 3, 2007
Blue Ridge Mtns. of North Georgia
Some of you know that my Barred Rock rooster, Zane, sired a daughter with my Blue Ameraucana hen, Charlotte. Her name is Panda. I'm not surprised that she looks rather like a Cuckoo Marans pullet nor surprised that she has a sort of modified pea comb. I am a bit surprised that her legs are white. There is a bit of a light darkish wash down the front, like many BR pullets would have, but the white wasnt expected. Will this always be the case when crossing a yellow legged breed with a slate-legged breed? Here are some pictures of Panda. Sorry about the quality of them-she isnt thrilled with the camera trained on her. Both parents are purebred and hatched here.

For being a mix she still has nice barring! before I read what you wrote I was thinking Cuckoo Marans until I saw the Pea comb. A very nice combination! I wonder if their offspring will continue to look like this? Have you tried hatching more from this pair?
I'm afraid this will probably be the only one from Zane. He's crippled now and it was because I knew he might never be with the flock again that I hatched out Panda. I dont have many crosses here, but I wanted one of Zane's kids very much. I think she may lay green eggs, seeing as how her mama is a blue egg layer. Guess we'll find out in a few weeks.
Oh I am sorry about Zane. Silly me, I just got finished reading about his story and it slipped my mind. He is doing much better now right? So there is no chance of him ever breeding again?
He can manage to breed the girls if one will squat for him. Charlotte's daughter, Gypsy, will but I can't put him with the flock or I'm afraid that his brothers will challenge and beat up on him, helpless as he is. Even if he can sort-of walk, he's not strong enough to hold his own in a fight.
The white skin is from the ameraucana. They have a white base with slate shanks. If you breed a white legged and a yellow legged, you would probably get some of each - at least that's what we're finding with some of our projects.

Edited to add - is that Nugget in the background?

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Hi Cynthia!
She's very pretty!
This is a blue Cuckoo pullet for the same cross as yours (BR over blue Am' hen).

She has yellow legs with dark spots.
I have a couple of black Cuckoo bearded girls with the same color legs as your girl --- more white-ish with a gray overlay.
I put a bearded pea-combed blue Cuckoo roo (yellow legs with big black spots) from the same cross back with the Ameraucana girls and the next generation are hatching. I've got a blue slate-leg Cuckoo chick and a splash white-leg Cuckoo chick so far.

Thanks for the info, Jody. Yes, that's Miss Nugget. Isn't she turning out pretty?
Thanks, Lisa. Very interesting looking lady you have there-blue and bearded. I was pretty surprised when Panda didn't have a beard. I really expected her to. Now, I can't wait to see what color eggs she lays. I expect green, which would be awesome, but whatever, it'll be fine with me.
White skin is dominant over yellow skin therefore the pullet has white skin and white shanks and feet. The gene that makes the shanks slate is sex linked so the pullet did not get the gene from the mother she received her genes for non slate colored shanks from her father.


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