Barred Rock hens & RIR roosters

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Hollow Point, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. Hollow Point

    Hollow Point Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have about 40-50 chickens in the yard. I have two mature RIR roosters and about 12 RIR hens. The roosters are also crossing with BR, Leghorn and Americana hens which makes up the rest of the flock. So far in our incubator we have had what seems to be 2 RIR chicks come out yellow in color. We have also had two hatch that were straight black. These would have came off the barred rock hens cause the eggs were brown. With them being crossed with RIR what would they be considered? Yardbirds? Someone told me sexlinks or just mutts.
     
  2. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    the RIR x BR would be sexlinks, if the straight black chicks lack any cream/yellow headspot then they are hens
     
  3. Hollow Point

    Hollow Point Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so what do sexlinks look like and is it considered another breed? Sexlink rooster X sexlink hen = what. Also they did not have any spots on their heads so I'm guessing them to be hens...thanks
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    In your case, it would called a Black Sex Link.

    The females are all black with copper color breast and neck feathers. The males will look similar to a Barred Rock as they mature, except that they'll have some leakage of red in their wings usually.

    No, the term sex link simply refers to the fact that you can link or easily see their sex at hatch. Black Sex links, as chicks, are easily sexed. Males will have a head spot while the females will lack them.

    No, it isn't a breed. It's a mix/mutt that is easily sexed.
     
  5. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    sex link hens grow to be black birds with gold an the neck, chest and back, the amount of gold varies. a sex link bred with a sex link = a barnyard mix, they will not be sex links. if they don't have a white spot on their heads, then yes, they are females. they are amazing layers, and start fairly early.
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    here is a male and female black sexlink
     
  6. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    sex links are not concidered a breed. they are just they outcome of a sex linked cross. so they are crossbreeds. sex linked rooster mated to a sex linked hen will not produce more sexlinks
     
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Here you go. Adult versions.
     
  8. Hollow Point

    Hollow Point Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So if one of my RIR roosters breeds one of these sexlink hens next year, and we hatch the egg, the chick would just be considered a mutt like crossbreeding dogs correct?
     
  9. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    yes
     
  10. Hollow Point

    Hollow Point Chillin' With My Peeps

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    10-4 roger, thanks for the info. Never was really worried about the breed lines, but it is intresting so now i'm kind of nozy...thanks again
     

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