Originally Posted by TillyPeeps
Just curious, if you cannot tell genders of the blue sexlinks, how can you tell the lavender chicks apart? Of course, I really want to have a lavender pullet for next year. Brownie is so beautiful now.
We finally finished the fence of chicken run yesterday evening, and have hardware cloth wrapped the lower 3 ft plus 1ft under ground. But it was too late for the girls to come out. We still need to put welded fence to cover the run thoug
Blue (as in BBS - Blue/Black/Splash) is partially dominant, so a blue roo will produce about 50% blue chicks if mated to a black hen. Lavender is recessive, so with a black hen (that is not split to lavender) all the babies will be black split to lav. That works fine for sexing BSL chicks because they look black (the recessive lavender is completely hidden). If a chick that is not black (blue/splash/lavender) hatches, they are not sexable, even if the femle parent is barred, you just won't see the effects of the barring gene unless against a black background.
So, if I make the cross I described, the BSL pullet chicks will grow up completely black, but carrying the (hidden) lavender gene. so I won't have sexable lavender chicks, just black. As with any hybrid, breeding from those hens will give tough to predict results.
I found a place online that will DNA sex chicks from their eggshell, but it costs $10 per chick, so I don't see that as feasible unless it is a high value chick..