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sex linked traits?

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Alright, so this may be a dumb question, but I'm curious - how many traits are sex linked in chickens? For example, are different types of combs sex-linked? If someone was to cross a rooster with a rose comb and a hen with a single comb, would the cockerels have single combs and the pullets have rose combs? Or what about those ear tuft things (sorry, I know I sound uneducated, but I don't know what to call them:hide) or the color of the chicken's legs? Are those sex-linked traits? It seems strange that people only use feather color/rate of growth for sex-linked chickens.

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Nope, none of those things are sex-linked... that's why feather color or pattern is used...
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Thanks for your reply.

Out of curiosity, why not?


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They're just not traits that are linked genetically to different gender...
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Oh, that makes sense. So, feather color/rate of growth are the only sex linked traits?

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Oh, that makes sense. So, feather color/rate of growth are the only sex linked traits?

There are other traits, but many are not expressed in chicks, or at least not clearly enough to be of use.

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Raising lots of fun poultry: Cream Legbars, Welbars, Bielefelders, California Greys, and 6 colors / sizes of Ameraucanas

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There are other traits, but many are not expressed in chicks, or at least not clearly enough to be of use.

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Some specific lines of certain breeds might have some reliable traits... like really good lines of Welsh Harlequins having different bill colors at hatch... but in general feather color/patterns are the most reliable in sex linkage...
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There are other traits, but many are not expressed in chicks, or at least not clearly enough to be of use.

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Some specific lines of certain breeds might have some reliable traits... like really good lines of Welsh Harlequins having different bill colors at hatch... but in general feather color/patterns are the most reliable in sex linkage...

Thank you. I'm new to breeding/genetics, so I have a lot to learn!

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