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sex link chickens. HELP!!

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ive finally made up my mind about the breeding of chickens.  ive sold my extra hes and roosters.  i have several grown blue orpingtons, so im going to breed those.   i recently got 5 barred rock pullets.   ive heard that the blue rooster x barred hen creates blue/ black sex links.   ive looked up pics, and theres only a few that are supposed to be a sex link.   i also have a new hampshire red rooster for another cage.   NH red x barred is supposed to make black sex links.   ive also heard that i can cross a Nh red rooster with a white leghorn to get red sex links.   does anyone have any help or info and pics of these chickens???

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I actually just answered you on your other thread, but as I stated there, you've heard correctly about the Black Sex Links. Any solid colored rooster (except white) crossed with a barred hen will give you Black Sex Links. The male chicks will hatch with a white spot on top of their heads, the female chicks will lack the white spot. However White Leghorn hens are unreliable for breeding Red Sex Links as they frequently lack the silver factor gene necessary for Red Sex Links. Instead of crossing your NH rooster with a White Leghorn, you need to go with a silver gene hen such as a Rhode Island White, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Delaware, Light Sussex, etc. Male chicks will be whitish when they hatch, female chicks will be reddish/gold. I don't have a photo of the first Black Sex Link cross you mentioned but I have a photo of the red gene rooster X Barred Rock hen cross below. 

 

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