Originally Posted by kwhites634
Any of you ever bred Red Sex-links before?
I did, for the experience, and because I wanted some replacements, having no idea what I'd get.
What I got was 2 that are somewhere between a white & a light yellow, & 1 that's a good bit darker, like a light tan.
With the roosters being white as adults, I'm wondering if I've got 2 wanna-be roosters & 1 hen-to-be.
At 3 weeks, I believe the comb of the darker one is a tad more developed than the other two.
Have you gone to the sex-link information thread? There's some real nice charts in the first post. I love that thread! I breed sex links from red EE roo x Dominique and SLW. Beautiful hens it does produce!!
Originally Posted by IACraig
Anybody want to try talking me out of hatching pullet eggs?
Girls and boys about 6.5 months. Been laying for a week, then I started collecting. Its not ideal, but winter is coming.
Like to hear from anyone with experience in a situation like this.
I'd rather hatch a pullet egg than an egg from an older hen at the end of her laying life. Never had luck with the latter!
Originally Posted by WVduckchick
I wanna be a fly on the wall when you get ahold of the Listerine crew.
Hmmmm, sounds like we all have a little crazy person inside us
New thread? We said they said???
Originally Posted by WalnutHill
Which one, the Columbian pattern clean footed, or the fuzzy footed fluffy one? The fluffy feather footed ones, yes, that is the second most common color that my flock throws, after the tricolors.
Only one of these from 30+ chicks
Pullet and cockerel from the LB/EE x Cochin/EE
Pullet and probable cockerel from Salmon Faverolle/EE x Cochin/EE - many like these with various markings but all tricolor laced
And two pullets and two cockerels from Salmon Faverolle/EE x Buff Ameraucana cockerel.
None of the boys are in the breeding program, just keeping the dads.
I was really tempted to keep this guy, but he went for dinner. He was by far closest to my "no breed SOP" of anything I've hatched. And he was a really good boy. I liked his black toenails.
Walnut, your birds are absolutely gorgeous! I'm LOVING that Columbian pattern. Those just might produce some nice sex links, except for the underlying crossing that made them!
Originally Posted by AmyLynn2374
Now I know why I named my lil troublemaker pullet Raven...maybe I should change the spelling of her name. Just joking I'm the same way....lol
If they are from that FB page they are crazy. I had to leave the group before I got myself in trouble....lol
Would you like the name of the group?
I wouldn't incubate that early in the beginning of laying. My best hatch was my pullet hatch, but they were all 4-6 weeks into laying. I was still a bit concerned with the size of a few, even then, but they all hatched great all healthy and have grown into some nice looking mixes.
You know "nnormal" people? Can I meet them?
I have one little pullet who likes to spar with her 2 hatch mate cockrels at the same time. The 3 of them were going at it for a good half hour yesterday. If I wasn't convinced that she was a BSL, I'd be worried about her gender issues. Hmmmm.... perhaps she does have gender issues!!! She's a feisty one. Perhaps I SHOULD name her Raven. Normal??? I think I saw that. It's a setting on my washer.
Originally Posted by kwhites634
I didn't do the cross. I ordered 6 pullets & a rooster from Southern States last Spring. I ordered RIR's, but they gave me sex-links, instead. I knew something was up when the rooster was white & all the pullets had at least some white, but didn't know for sure til I did some homework.
After I figured out the score, I wasn't shy about telling Southern States what I thought of what they'd done, but I probably came out the winner in the end; from what I understand now, the sex-links are better layers than the pure RIR's, & RIR hens have pretty much had the broodiness bred out of them...one of my girls was broody for 2+ months this summer. I'd a whole lot rather let a broody hen incubate a clutch & raise the chicks than incubate & have to house the young'ins separately til they're big enough to hold their own in the grown-up run (just finished the brooder coop today).
I don't even know whether all my birds were hatch mates or not, but my breeding experience with bird dogs tells me that breeding brother to sister is USUALLY not a real good idea. For that reason, I'm on the lookout for a pure RIR rooster to get some new blood going.
Ah, the light bulb goes off when I read your post here. If you breed the second generation of sex links, you will not get sex links. It has to be breeding from first generation, generally with a dark male over a light female, with specific gene patterns that affect feathering. Read that sex linked information thread.
Originally Posted by RavynFallen
Sounds great! Will put you down then, thanks!
Whichever ones you want, I can send a nice asst...
I have no clue how big my first set was, didn't have a scale then... but kept a nice pullet out of them and she is bigger than her mom and lays really well and larger eggs too, lol...
And so she blows yet an other hole in the "they said" endless drivvel litany of truths.