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post #1 of 23
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i do not know anything about sex link chickens.

for example:  what are gold sex links crossed with.. what do they look like

what are red sex links crossed with

what about blk sex links

what other sex links are out there?

any help would be awesome! thanks guys

also, can the sex links still be sex links if the dad is a xxx and the mom is a ooo

or does the dad always have to be a x and the mom always a o?

ex rir rooster crossed with a leghorn hen

i dont know if that makes anything... just wondering...

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Just an all kinda animal lover!  23 year old momma of : 3 horses two paints and a thoroughbred, 4 goats tennesse fainting goat, dwarf, lamache, boar.  , 2 goldfish, well actually coi.. really big guys., 3 dogs australian sheperd, borderjack, and rat terrior., 6 cats, 2 rats, and chickens and chicks.. golden polish, buff orpingtons,new hamp red, EE, brahma bantys...
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post #2 of 23
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i do not know anything about sex link chickens.


http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/Sex-links/BRKSexLink.html

Now you do.

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for example:  what are gold sex links crossed with.. what do they look like


RIR Sire X Rhode Island White (RIW) Dame

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what are red sex links crossed with


RIR x Leghorn

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what about blk sex links


RIR x Barred Rock (I personally love these and make them myself)

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what other sex links are out there?


Anything using a red sire can conceivably make a sex link.  I get "Practical Poultry" from England and looking at their ads and see all the different names they have, too.

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also, can the sex links still be sex links if the dad is a xxx and the mom is a ooo

or does the dad always have to be a x and the mom always a o?


explain to me what the x's and o's are

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ex rir rooster crossed with a leghorn hen


Which is a red sex link, red star, red coment, red *, etc.

post #3 of 23

This was REALLY helpful...I was wondering the same thing!  Thanks!

Have had chickens for a whole six years now!  This year decided to try out ducks too!  WOW messy they are, but totally worth it, their cuteness overpowers all the messes they can make :D  Check them out at:  autumnbreezechickens.blogspot.com

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Have had chickens for a whole six years now!  This year decided to try out ducks too!  WOW messy they are, but totally worth it, their cuteness overpowers all the messes they can make :D  Check them out at:  autumnbreezechickens.blogspot.com

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post #4 of 23
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wow GREYFIELDS your very helpful!  big_smile

the xs and os were examples of rir male and leghorn female.. can it be a leghorn male and a rir female?

thanks so much

Just an all kinda animal lover!  23 year old momma of : 3 horses two paints and a thoroughbred, 4 goats tennesse fainting goat, dwarf, lamache, boar.  , 2 goldfish, well actually coi.. really big guys., 3 dogs australian sheperd, borderjack, and rat terrior., 6 cats, 2 rats, and chickens and chicks.. golden polish, buff orpingtons,new hamp red, EE, brahma bantys...
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Just an all kinda animal lover!  23 year old momma of : 3 horses two paints and a thoroughbred, 4 goats tennesse fainting goat, dwarf, lamache, boar.  , 2 goldfish, well actually coi.. really big guys., 3 dogs australian sheperd, borderjack, and rat terrior., 6 cats, 2 rats, and chickens and chicks.. golden polish, buff orpingtons,new hamp red, EE, brahma bantys...
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post #5 of 23

The male has to me the red/gold one, doesn't work the other way around. smile

But there's more!

The gold to silver cross. Mating a gold male such as Rhode Island Red, Buff Rock, Buff Leghorn, Buff Orpington, Red or Buff Sussex to silver hens such as Light Sussex, Light Brahma or pure White Wyandotte, results in all the cockerel (male) chicks having whitish grey or pale brown down, whereas the pullets (females) have reddish-brown or buff down.

Mating the hens mentioned above with black red type males like Old English or Modern Game, Welsummer, Brown Leghorn, Dark Cornish or Barnevelders gives very similar results, except the female chicks have brown stripes and markings. The male chicks have a lighter greyish colour with black and grey markings.

The third cross involves non-barred males such as Australorp, Black Leghorn, Rhode Island Red or Ancona mated with barred females such as Plymouth Rocks or Cuckoo Leghorns.

The resulting chicks are all black or dark brown with white underneath, but the females have dark brown or black heads, and the males all carry a whitish spot on the back of their heads.

The fourth method relies on leg color, but as this is not always clearly defined in day old chicks, it is not as reliable. Mating dark legged males such as Silkies, Minorcas or Campines to females with light shanks such as Sussex, Leghorns or Wyandottes gives male chicks with pale legs and female chicks with dark legs.


Edited by ella - 4/24/08 at 9:09pm
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post #6 of 23
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yall are really good at this!!! wow what i can learn!

Just an all kinda animal lover!  23 year old momma of : 3 horses two paints and a thoroughbred, 4 goats tennesse fainting goat, dwarf, lamache, boar.  , 2 goldfish, well actually coi.. really big guys., 3 dogs australian sheperd, borderjack, and rat terrior., 6 cats, 2 rats, and chickens and chicks.. golden polish, buff orpingtons,new hamp red, EE, brahma bantys...
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Just an all kinda animal lover!  23 year old momma of : 3 horses two paints and a thoroughbred, 4 goats tennesse fainting goat, dwarf, lamache, boar.  , 2 goldfish, well actually coi.. really big guys., 3 dogs australian sheperd, borderjack, and rat terrior., 6 cats, 2 rats, and chickens and chicks.. golden polish, buff orpingtons,new hamp red, EE, brahma bantys...
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post #7 of 23

I have checked the Feathersite, they have pics of Red Sex Links and ISA Brown Sex Links. They look pretty much the same to me, what exactly is the difference? And what does 'ISA" stand for? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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post #8 of 23

Think of red sex-link as a generic term (same with black sex-link).  Isa Brown, Golden Comet and Red Star are brand name versions.

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Breeder & Exhibitor of fine silkies in recognized and project varieties.
adult and started pairs occasionally available;
   No eggs or chicks. 
Support your local poultry clubs, breed clubs, ABA & APA!

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post #9 of 23

Wow, old post!

ISA stands for Institut de Sélection Animale, who developed them. Hubbard is another company that developed a sex link cross.

As far as I know there is no way to tell what exactly they used to make the specific crosses. My guess is the strains of chicken they use don't really match any known breeds but may be decended from Rhode Island Reds or Plymouth Rocks.

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post #10 of 23

You can not produce a gold/silver sex link using a commercial leghorn. You would have to feather sex the chicks.

What site or where does this incorrect information about leghorns being used in color sexing come from? I see it time and time again on this site.

We need a sticky  thread on sex links so people can go there and find their answers. This same question comes up two or three times a week.

Tim


Edited by tadkerson - 6/21/09 at 7:00am




 

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