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Barred Rock + Rhode Island Red = ???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by azrc, May 10, 2009.

  1. azrc

    azrc Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2009

    I have a barred rock hen and a rhode island red rooster. The hen has just started to sit on her eggs, so I'm just wondering if the offspring would be viable.

    I'm going to stuff some of the eggs from other RIR chickens in her nest if she's still sitting by tomorrow morning.

    Thanks for any information.
  2. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    If it is a RIR male x Barred Rock female, then the offspring should look something like this when grown:

    At birth, the males will have a white spot on their head while the females will have no spots. As they grow, the males will have barring whereas the female will not.

    It is called a "Black Sex-Link" cross.
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  3. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2008
    SW New Hampshire
    True. But my BSL pullet is a deep red-brown with faint barring showing through... way prettier than I expected.
  4. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    Cranbrook, BC, Canada
    There are the odd all red black sexlinks, I had a couple pullets turn out that way, very pretty with those black markings on each feather(mine had a combo of black shafts with barring and lacing on red).


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