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When it comes to sexlinks, breed is not a factor. It's entirely based on color/pattern.

Think of it this way, all chickens are genetically either gold/red or silver. Black is not a color, but a pattern. Solid white and 'blue' genes affect black. Solid black and solid white birds are still genetically gold/red or silver but their pattern genes are 'hiding' the base color.

Silver is dominant over red/gold, and is also sex-linked. A silver hen can only pass her silver gene to her male chicks. Males, however, can pass their color gene to both their male and female chicks. This basic principle applies to all breeds and cross breeds.

Black sexlinks are based on the barred pattern gene. A barred hen can only pass her barring gene to her male chicks. Since it's a pattern based sexlink, it doesn't matter what color the rooster is, as long as he isn't solid white.

You rooster is silver, so his chicks can't be sexed by color. 


X2 on junebuggena's post.

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Thanks to you all  for taking the time the time to reply - enlightening and much appreciated!

 

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post #13 of 16

I think they are pullets- please don't hurt me, if I am wrong. :hide

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post #14 of 16

They look like pullets to me, too.

Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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I think they are pullets- please don't hurt me, if I am wrong. :hide


Haha - all i can say is that if the collective wisdom and experience of all you who have posted is wrong it gives hope to someone like myself who has relatively little experience;)

 

Thanks to you all once again. I'll let you know if a few weeks if we were all correct.

 

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post #16 of 16

Looking at these two side by side in these pictures I believe that the bird on the top could be a rooster like the one on the bottom. Six  weeks is still young enough to make sexing them doubtful.

 


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