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Hello everyone! Could you please help me identify these 7-8 week old chicks? I hatched them from light brown eggs that were being distributed as food from a hatchery supplier's surplus (so I don't have a breed list to refer to).





Compared to the Australorps and production reds they hatched with,they have consistently been a little bit smaller and shyer than the others.
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post #2 of 7
Red sex links. Or. Red sex link mixed babies (ie red sex link mother).
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They almost remind me of my uncle's Isa Brown hen, but I could be completely off. :)

 

Here's how she looked at about that age.

 

 

-Alex


Edited by Alexandra33 - 3/3/16 at 7:26pm

Alex the Golden Campine- talented flier, mischievous little busybody, crackly-voiced conversationalist, loyal sidekick, and my sociable, cuddly sweetie.

 

"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

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Alex the Golden Campine- talented flier, mischievous little busybody, crackly-voiced conversationalist, loyal sidekick, and my sociable, cuddly sweetie.

 

"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

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They look to be Red Sex Links...and both look to be pullets as you would expect, so I think first generation Red Sex Link (which are color coded for gender that first crossing).

 

And yes,they come by many names...ISA Brown is one, Red Comet, Gold Star, Red Star, Cinnamon Queen, Red Sex Link, Gold Sex Link.

 

It is a hybrid (mix) of a red based rooster, usually a RIR or NH, and a silver based hen, usually a Silver Laced Wyandotte or Delaware or non-dominant white Rock.

 

The different mixings cause the different names, as hatcheries use their favorite formula, but it all means one thing...color coding in the chick down for gender.

 

At hatch, females are foxy red or yellow with red highlights while the males are pale yellow. This is valuable for hatcheries as most people want layers not roosters.

 

RSL hens grow out to be red hens with white trim while the males will be predominately white with some red bleed through usually at the wings.

 

But that only works with the first generation crossing with a purebred red male over a purebred silver based female. You can't breed 2 RSL's and get sex linked coloring in chick down. In the second generation both genders are red with white trim (red-gold as chicks).

 

Which is why the one poster pondered if it might be an RSL in the background.  Typically with an RSL in the background of a "mutt" mixing, you end up with more white in the birds depending upon what the other parent was...but it can be very deceptive of some unscrupulous people who pass off second generation RSL for gender identifiable first generation RSL by breeding an RSL to an RSL.

 

Since you got a grab bag of surplus eggs from a hatchery, I wouldn't doubt they are RSL...and at this age definitely looking to be standard sex linked RSL pullets.

 

LofMc


Edited by Lady of McCamley - 3/3/16 at 7:39pm
Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Originally Posted by Lady of McCamley View Post

They look to be Red Sex Links...and both look to be pullets as you would expect, so I think first generation Red Sex Link (which are color coded for gender that first crossing).

And yes,they come by many names...ISA Brown is one, Red Comet, Gold Star, Red Star, Cinnamon Queen, Red Sex Link, Gold Sex Link.

It is a hybrid (mix) of a red based rooster, usually a RIR or NH, and a silver based hen, usually a Silver Laced Wyandotte or Delaware or non-dominant white Rock.

The different mixings cause the different names, as hatcheries use their favorite formula, but it all means one thing...color coding in the chick down for gender.

At hatch, females are foxy red or yellow with red highlights while the males are pale yellow. This is valuable for hatcheries as most people want layers not roosters.

RSL hens grow out to be red hens with white trim while the males will be predominately white with some red bleed through usually at the wings.

But that only works with the first generation crossing with a purebred red male over a purebred silver based female. You can't breed 2 RSL's and get sex linked coloring in chick down. In the second generation both genders are red with white trim (red-gold as chicks).

Which is why the one poster pondered if it might be an RSL in the background.  Typically with an RSL in the background of a "mutt" mixing, you end up with more white in the birds depending upon what the other parent was...but it can be very deceptive of some unscrupulous people who pass off second generation RSL for gender identifiable first generation RSL by breeding an RSL to an RSL.

Since you got a grab bag of surplus eggs from a hatchery, I wouldn't doubt they are RSL...and at this age definitely looking to be standard sex linked RSL pullets.

LofMc
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1 Marans cross, 2 Silkie crosses, 3 Australorps, 3 Easter Eggers, 4 Rhodebars, 1 Golden Cuckoo Marans, 1 Gold Laced Brahma, 1 Cream Legbar, 1 English Orpington bantam, 2 Barred Plymouth Rock bantams, 2 Silver Pencilled Plymouth Rocks, 5 White Crested Black Polish, and 4 heritage Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds. I also can't forget our two mixed breed cats, Figaro and J.J. and our American Golden...
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1 Marans cross, 2 Silkie crosses, 3 Australorps, 3 Easter Eggers, 4 Rhodebars, 1 Golden Cuckoo Marans, 1 Gold Laced Brahma, 1 Cream Legbar, 1 English Orpington bantam, 2 Barred Plymouth Rock bantams, 2 Silver Pencilled Plymouth Rocks, 5 White Crested Black Polish, and 4 heritage Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds. I also can't forget our two mixed breed cats, Figaro and J.J. and our American Golden...
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Thank you all for the help! Your information is very appreciated, LofMc!
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Originally Posted by Lady of McCamley View Post
 

They look to be Red Sex Links...and both look to be pullets as you would expect, so I think first generation Red Sex Link (which are color coded for gender that first crossing).

 

And yes,they come by many names...ISA Brown is one, Red Comet, Gold Star, Red Star, Cinnamon Queen, Red Sex Link, Gold Sex Link.

 

It is a hybrid (mix) of a red based rooster, usually a RIR or NH, and a silver based hen, usually a Silver Laced Wyandotte or Delaware or non-dominant white Rock.

 

The different mixings cause the different names, as hatcheries use their favorite formula, but it all means one thing...color coding in the chick down for gender.

 

At hatch, females are foxy red or yellow with red highlights while the males are pale yellow. This is valuable for hatcheries as most people want layers not roosters.

 

RSL hens grow out to be red hens with white trim while the males will be predominately white with some red bleed through usually at the wings.

 

But that only works with the first generation crossing with a purebred red male over a purebred silver based female. You can't breed 2 RSL's and get sex linked coloring in chick down. In the second generation both genders are red with white trim (red-gold as chicks).

 

Which is why the one poster pondered if it might be an RSL in the background.  Typically with an RSL in the background of a "mutt" mixing, you end up with more white in the birds depending upon what the other parent was...but it can be very deceptive of some unscrupulous people who pass off second generation RSL for gender identifiable first generation RSL by breeding an RSL to an RSL.

 

Since you got a grab bag of surplus eggs from a hatchery, I wouldn't doubt they are RSL...and at this age definitely looking to be standard sex linked RSL pullets.

 

LofMc


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