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Breeding sex-links

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Was wondering what would be the best or ideal rooster to breed to red and black sex links? thanks

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Rhode Island Red x Barred Rock = Black Sexlink

Rhode Island Red x Delaware = Red Sexlink

 

If I can keep a RIR rooster alive or not get mean I will be raising them. :) Just need to buy more BR's and Delaware's hens. But I do love these breeds. :)

"Breeding Quality Rhode Island Red's and Black Sexlinks"
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Getting 1 to 3 eggs from my girls! Cannot wait to get off those nasty store eggs.

 

 

 

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"Breeding Quality Rhode Island Red's and Black Sexlinks"
Mother to 19 chickens, 1 dog and 1 cat. 

Getting 1 to 3 eggs from my girls! Cannot wait to get off those nasty store eggs.

 

 

 

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post #3 of 10
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I have 9 black sex link hens and 8 red sex link hens. Just wondering
what would be the best rooster to breed these with
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Can you not breed them with black sex link/red sex link roosters?

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The black sex link is tough to breed to, to make an attractive offspring, in our experience.  A pure Barred Rock will produce chicks almost identical to a Barred Rock, but it may be muddied a bit, and red tones may still appear.  

 

With a red sex link, a pure Red bird makes a really nice chick.  I'd choose either a RIR or NH. 

 

You might be interested in this thread of our experience.     http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/660815/breeding-sex-links-third-generation

 

 

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Do you know your babies won't be sex linked? So really, any rooster is fine as you'll be making barnyard mixes anyway. Just choose a rooster with traits you want to pass along--I always start with temperment and go from there--is he nice sized, if you know his momma was she a good layer, etc. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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I have two black sex link roosters. Two chicks have hatched. They are both black but one came from a green egg. Anyone have an Americana hen and a black sex rooster? So curious what the chicks will end up like.
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I have two black sex link roosters. Two chicks have hatched. They are both black but one came from a green egg. Anyone have an Americana hen and a black sex rooster? So curious what the chicks will end up like.

If it hatched from a green egg, likely from an EE hen (which is a cross/mix  - not an Ameraucana) and was sired by sexlink(which is also a cross/mix).......

........you've got a very mixed gene bag in that chick, who knows what they will look like<shrugs>.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much space your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much space your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #9 of 10
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I have two black sex link roosters. Two chicks have hatched. They are both black but one came from a green egg. Anyone have an Americana hen and a black sex rooster? So curious what the chicks will end up like.

You won't get a green egg layer and they probably aren't sex linked. If chick from green egg is hen she will lay a brown egg.  I had a EE rooster mate with a delaware hen and got a pure white EE hen complete with beard and muff that lays a green egg.

It's pretty simple...having chickens is work, but lots of fun.

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It's pretty simple...having chickens is work, but lots of fun.

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Originally Posted by tigerchick View Post

I have two black sex link roosters. Two chicks have hatched. They are both black but one came from a green egg. Anyone have an Americana hen and a black sex rooster? So curious what the chicks will end up like.

I know this is older but I just saw it.....

 

What color is the hen? That's going to be important. 

 

I put a black sex link rooster over brown/wild-type Easter egger hens and got a mixed bag of babies. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first and third hens laid green/aqua egg. The second and fourth hens laid light brown eggs. The rooster didn't lay any eggs ;)

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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