Barred Sex Link Gene Question

PurpleCArTires

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(Probably a dumb) question I cant find a direct answer for.... Can you mate any solid colored (non Barred) Rooster with a Barred hen and get a sex linked chick? Or does it have to be a RIR or New Hampshire?

Also will the chicks still follow the same color scheme at birth? (Female all black, male black w/white spot).

Thank you!!
 

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(Probably a dumb) question I cant find a direct answer for.... Can you mate any solid colored (non Barred) Rooster with a Barred hen and get a sex linked chick? Or does it have to be a RIR or New Hampshire?

Also will the chicks still follow the same color scheme at birth? (Female all black, male black w/white spot).

Thank you!!
You do not have to use a specific cross, it's only the barred gene that is sexlinked.
So you can cross any non-barred rooster with a barred hen to get sexlinked chicks.
All males will hatch with a white spot on their head, and females without, but other than that the chicks could be any color. It's probably best to breed dark-colored chickens, though, because with light colors it might be harder to tell if there's a spot or not
 

PurpleCArTires

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You do not have to use a specific cross, it's only the barred gene that is sexlinked.
So you can cross any non-barred rooster with a barred hen to get sexlinked chicks.
All males will hatch with a white spot on their head, and females without, but other than that the chicks could be any color. It's probably best to breed dark-colored chickens, though, because with light colors it might be harder to tell if there's a spot or not
Thank you for your response. I was suspecting that, just couldnt find a firm "yes" anywhere.
 

poultryprofessor

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Yes, the barring gene is sex-linked. You typically see a RIR used over a Barred Rock, but other breeds can work.

We produced Black Sex-Link chicks last fall with a Black Jersey Giant cock x Delaware hen cross.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CH8Fsu-AFPu/?igshid=14qduufhhtr55

Males hatched black with a white spot on their heads. Females hatched black with brownish heads. We had a few "questionable" chicks at hatch - all were male.
 

PurpleCArTires

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Yes, the barring gene is sex-linked. You typically see a RIR used over a Barred Rock, but other breeds can work.

We produced Black Sex-Link chicks last fall with a Black Jersey Giant cock x Delaware hen cross.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CH8Fsu-AFPu/?igshid=14qduufhhtr55

Males hatched black with a white spot on their heads. Females hatched black with brownish heads. We had a few "questionable" chicks at hatch - all were male.
Thank you! Awesome feedback!
 

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