Looking for the advice of someone who is an expert in Sex-linked feathering!
My 10 2 week old chicks from this cross (see subject) are ALL white although 2 have a small black spot in random locations. Before hatching I read that sex can be determined by early/late feathering with this cross and as they grow I am becoming more sure of the accuracy of this method as the 2 that I determined were male on day 1 now have decidedly bigger, darker orange combs than the ones I figured were female.
I have 2 Questions:
1. What is the name of this hybrid cross - They can't be called 'Golden Comets' (the result of Male RIR with female WL) because the pullets aren't Golden! So is there a different name for when the cross is Male WL x Female RIR as in this case?
2. I have become suspicious that my Mother hens may in fact NOT be RIR's but Golden Comets or Red Stars (same thing I believe) themselves! I obtained them from a local egg farm that imports chicks from overseas for commercial egg production (I am from Bermuda). I've always thought they were RIR's but since looking at photos of Golden comets and RIR's they definitely look more like the former! I've been trying to get hold of the farm to ask
let's say they ARE Golden Comets......would the sex-linked feathering still work when crossed with a WL rooster? If NOT then maybe they ARE just pale RIR's?
Many thanks if anyone can answer my questions!