Originally Posted by SunnySideUpGUAM
I wanna produce my own Red Sex links! I'm targeting Columbian Rocks, Columbian Wyandottes, and Delawares for the hens side.
And for the roosters my choices are Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, and Production Reds.
I would like to my Red sex link hens to be PROLIFIC brown egg layers and my roosters to be processed as meat birds.
What combinations would be best?
I know some might say im crazy to want all these different flocks just to produce my own egg layers, but to each his own and i am kinda crazy, so if you have the experience and knowledge and your willing to share, lay it on me. I'm all ears, or eyes i guess lol!
For the mating's to work the physical characteristic must be carried on one of the sex chromosome - thus the term ‘sex-linked’- and the correct male and female breeds should be selected. For example, a Delaware female mated to a New Hampshire or Rhode Island Red male is a sex-link cross where the males will have the Delaware feather pattern of their mother and females will have a solid red feather pattern like their father. If, however, you mate a Delaware male with a New Hampshire or Rhode Island Red female, all the offspring will have the same Delaware feather pattern.
Golden Comet, Gold Star, or Cinnamon Queen depending on the specific cross used) are produced by a number of different crosses. White Plymouth Rock hens with the silver factor are crossed with a New Hampshire rooster to produce the Golden Comet, Gold Star. A Silver Laced Wyandotte hen is crossed with a New Hampshire rooster to produce the Cinnamon Queen. Additional possible red sex-link cross combinations are the Rhode Island White hen and a Rhode Island Red rooster Which produce a male that will hatch out white and can feather out to pure white or with some black feathering and the females Redish color with white on the tail feathers and maybe around the neck also called a Red Sex-Link, Again, a Delaware hen with a Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire rooster. Males hatch out looking like the Delawares females, depending on the cross. Females hatch out red like the Rhode Island Red male. Coloring will depend on the cross, and they how they feather out. In the breeding's the males can be New Hampshire Reds but most use Rhode Island Reds.
The Black sex-links (also known as Rock Reds) are produced by crossing the Barred Plymouth Rock hen with a Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire rooster. At hatch both sexes have black down, but the males can be identified by the white dot on their heads. Males feather out with the Barred Rock pattern along with a few red feathers, while females feather out solid black with some red in the neck feathers.
Here is a post with a chart for the breeds for Sex-Links. http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/261208/sex-linked-information#post_3100338
Many of my Sex-Link males go to freezer camp since they do not breed true so why keep them. Once in awhile I will sell some just because the people who buy them want a rooster and think they are pretty, which they are but for me if I can't breed them I still have to feed them. When they get to be around 6 months old they are processed. Good luck and have fun...
Edited by cmom - 2/27/16 at 4:19pm