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Golden Sex Links mating with mutt rooster

post #1 of 10
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Hello:

 

I have 4 Golden Sex linked hens and a mutt rooster.  I just have them for egg production not for showing.  I was hoping to get some chicks next year but the local feed store tells me it won't work, that they will not produce viable eggs.

 

Anyone has some info as to why not?

 

Thank you.

post #2 of 10
Pretty simple. The person at the feed store doesn’t know what they are talking about.

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The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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post #3 of 10

Some folks see the word "hybrid" with the sex link birds and think they're a species hybrid that is sterile, like a mule. Sex link chickens are NOT sterile, but that seems to be a persistent rumor. Course, then folks hear sex links don't breed true, and somehow in their brains that translates to they can't breed. Sex links, male or female, reproduce just like any other chicken. Your hens will breed just fine with your rooster. They're not so likely to go broody, so you'll probably have to incubate eggs and brood chicks. You'll have classic Barnyard Mix chicks, depending on your rooster you'll have a variety of colors and egg laying abilities.

 

If sex links couldn't reproduce, I wouldn't have half my flock lol. My head rooster for 4 years was a black sex link rooster, gave me the prettiest babies!

Rachel BB

 

"and I'll praise You in this storm, and I will lift my hands,  for You are who You are, no matter where I am. Every tear I've cried, You've held in Your hands....You never left my side. Although my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm"

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Rachel BB

 

"and I'll praise You in this storm, and I will lift my hands,  for You are who You are, no matter where I am. Every tear I've cried, You've held in Your hands....You never left my side. Although my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm"

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Thank you both for the replies.  Sounds good.  Our Romeo may be a mutt but he is gorgeous and such a gentleman with his girls and us.  He should make pretty babies and good natured too.

 

The pictures don't do him justice.

 

post #5 of 10

He is pretty! I'll bet you have such pretty chicks from them. Do you have plans for your 50% roosters you're going to hatch?

Rachel BB

 

"and I'll praise You in this storm, and I will lift my hands,  for You are who You are, no matter where I am. Every tear I've cried, You've held in Your hands....You never left my side. Although my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm"

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Rachel BB

 

"and I'll praise You in this storm, and I will lift my hands,  for You are who You are, no matter where I am. Every tear I've cried, You've held in Your hands....You never left my side. Although my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm"

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Originally Posted by donrae View Post
 

He is pretty! I'll bet you have such pretty chicks from them. Do you have plans for your 50% roosters you're going to hatch?

I'm trying not to think about this too much.  I couldn't eat them.  We got our rooster free with the pullets we bought at the feed mill.  I'm hoping the feed mill will take the male chicks to give away to new chicken owners.  We live in a rural area and kids have a lot of animal pets.  Roosters and their crowing aren't a problem in the country as the houses are far apart.  I'd only want to hatch a few to make up for the hens diminishing productivity. I just hope they're not all roosters.

 

My husband and I had never had chickens before and we got them for the eggs.  It was such a lovely surprise to realize that they make wonderful pets, no birdbrains these cuties. The drawback from having gotten them as pullets is that they had not been socialized and although they follow you around and eat from your hand, they won't let you pick them up.  That's one of the reasons I'm hoping to have our own chicks.

 

This is Juliette, Romeo's favorite

 

post #7 of 10
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He is pretty! I'll bet you have such pretty chicks from them. Do you have plans for your 50% roosters you're going to hatch?


What do you do with the roosters you hatch?  Any ideas would be welcome.  Thanks

post #8 of 10

I eat mine  :drool

 

 

not for everyone, I know. I just like to bring it up when folks talk about hatching chicks, cause they're gonna happen, and folks need to have a plan.

Rachel BB

 

"and I'll praise You in this storm, and I will lift my hands,  for You are who You are, no matter where I am. Every tear I've cried, You've held in Your hands....You never left my side. Although my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm"

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Rachel BB

 

"and I'll praise You in this storm, and I will lift my hands,  for You are who You are, no matter where I am. Every tear I've cried, You've held in Your hands....You never left my side. Although my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm"

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post #9 of 10
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Ouch!

post #10 of 10
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I couldn't eat the ones we have now, they're all named and are treated as pets.  I could eat non pets but the problem is I couldn't kill them.  May be I'll toughen up if it becomes necessary.

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