The male has to me the red/gold one, doesn't work the other way around.
Edited by ella - 4/24/08 at 9:09pm
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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.