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Poll Results: A tub full of 100 Black Sex Links at TSC all have white dots on their heads. This confuses me. Should I?

 
  • 20% (1)
    Learn more about Black Sex Links.
  • 80% (4)
    Assume they are all roosters.
  • 0% (0)
    Assume they are mutt chickens.
5 Total Votes  
post #11 of 12

agree with donrae

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post #12 of 12

My guess is they are Barred Rock, straight run, and the TSC employee was completely mistaken on what they actually have.

 

I have seen feed store personnel (including owners of feed stores) look me squarely in the eye and completely mislabel chicks. I once had the owner of a feed store flatly proclaim that you can't sex sexlinks...they come straight run.

 

So, while it is possible they ordered straight run Black Sexlinks, I find it doubtful as the store would get stuck with all the males since all the (educated) public would pull the all black females leaving the store with a bin full of males (not a high commodity). Stores can't make profits that way, so what you have in my opinion is Barred Rocks, straight run, and the employee felt he/she could distinguish the males from females using the Barred Rock patterns of female...small head dot, black wash down legs; male....diffuse head dot, no black wash down legs. (BTW, that coloring trick only works in carefully controlled BR lines and only within a single line).

 

My guess.

LofMc

 

EDITED TO ADD: The other option is that it is a bin full of Production Blacks, aka California Greys. They are similar to the Barred Rock and come straight run but are a hybrid like the BSL only there is no sex linking. A Cal Grey is generally a mixture of Barred Rock rooster over a Leghorn or Leghorn/White Rock mix....great layers of white eggs (unlike the BR and BSL which lay brown eggs).


Edited by Lady of McCamley - 3/20/16 at 9:10pm
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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