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I use to raise white wyandotte bantams. In them there are strains that have what is known as the stay white gene. Typically the birds carrying this gene have a grayish tint in the down color. I do not know if this gene exists in the Old English.
That is exactly what I had in mind to do. I have pretty much narrowed it down to that by way of elimination and I was trying to find me a Lemon Blue sport to introduce into them. They are Mike Green whites several generations removed and I got them through Dewayne Ballard. I am real assured they are the Mike Green line as they have the silver gene in them. I was thrilled to get hold of them and I have gotten a few raised but have probably lost appx. 50 or so of them as chicks. they are hatched healthy and stout and then some just die in a day or so and others make it to a month maybe and then die. After they make it a couple of months they usually don't have any problems. I appreciate your advise on the matter because in all honesty I was fishing for this exact answer. I had already ruled out most everything else and I was curious if anyone out there had knowledge that there was such a thing as the lethal genes thing as I have never ran into it but have heard of it. Thank you so much and the paintings you do are beautiful.Bill
Just wanted to post a picture of one of my old cocks, not a very good picture, he was hiding behind his woman like I do!