Autosexing Breeds

A Cream Legbar cockerel of the correct coloration, from Jill Rees in England
Photo courtesy of Greenfire Farms

Well, genetics is not my strong point, but I'll try to give a minimal idea of what's going on here. When you put a genetically gold cockerel (such as a Rhode Island Red) on a genetically silver pullet (like a Light Sussex) all the female chicks have brown down and the males have yellow down. Then if you add in a barring factor there is a greater definition obtained in the markings on the chicks. (Hey, I said "don't ask me" -- I got all this from books!)

The first Autosexing breed developed was the Cambar, derived from the Campine and the Barred Rock. The breeds get their name from the parental types, as you can see. These birds are not hybrids, like the Sex-linked breeds, but breed true over generations.

It was very handy to have birds which you could sex by color at hatching, but after World War II development of these breeds was mostly discontinued. Some of the birds are still seen at shows in the UK, where they were developed. The Legbar, Rhodebar, Welbar and Wybar are in the British Standard.

The Cream Legbar lays a blue-green egg. And note that many of the Legbars pictured here have more gold coloration than the UK standard calls for.


Legbar Links:

Kitaline Farm on Cream Legbar chickens -- a blue egg layer and autosexing breed

Legbars at Devonshire Traditional Breed Centre

South Yeo Farm East

Just Struttin Farm has Cream Legbars

Cream Legbars and Rhodebars at Grade Eh Farms in Canada

More Cream Legbars from Devine Unity Holistic Center


A Welbar pullet
Photo courtesy of Edward Williams

A pair of Cream Legbars
Photos courtesy of Paul Bradshaw and Greenfire Farms

"Moojee," a Cream Legbar pullet
Photo courtesy of Ket

More Cream Legbars
Photos courtesy of Greenfire Farms

Cream Legbar eggs
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

A pair of Gold Legbars
Photos courtesy of Jessica Macloy

Cream legbar cockerels
Photo courtesy of Ket

Cream Legbar pullets
Photos courtesy of Malcolm Said

Young Rhodebar cockerels
Photos courtesy of Paul Bradshaw and Greenfire Farms

Cream Legbar roosters
Photos courtesy of Malcolm Said

This is a 3-month-old Cream Legbar pullet
Photo courtesy of Ket

"Anita," a Cream Legbar hen
Photo courtesy of Hayley

Another Cream Legbar pullet
Photo courtesy of Andrea Spencer


Cream Legbar chicks, pullet on the left
Photos courtesy of
Ket

Rhodebar chicks -- the pullet is striped
Photos courtesy of Greenfire Farms


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