Black pullet and golden/white hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Count Orloff, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. Count Orloff

    Count Orloff Out Of The Brooder

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    I finally wired up my coop this evening so that my birds can get that extra light to encourage them to start laying. My original five Buff Orpingtons were born in late May, so I figure they should be getting ready to lay soon, although it doesn't really bother me that they didn't start before the days got shorter. I snapped a picture of the light I installed, but I was also wondering if anybody could identify the breed of both the black pullet and the golden and white one. The picture quality isn't the greatest. The black one has a little bit of a green sheen to her feathers. She also has some white on her ear lobes. Thanks for your help!

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  2. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your golden/white pullet is a Red Sex-Link (aka Cinnamon Queen, Golden Comet, Red Star, etc.). Your black pullet is a Black Sex-Link. [​IMG]
     
  3. Count Orloff

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    Thanks - I'll have to read up some on sex-link hens. In other words, it is a mix of breeds?
     
  4. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they are a cross of breeds to make sex-link chicks (chicks that can be sexed by color at hatch). Red Sex-Links are usually Rhode Island Red x Rhode Island White, and Black Sex-Links are usually Rhode Island Red x Barred Plymouth Rock. Hatcheries breed Sex-Links for excellent egg production, so when your pullets start laying they should really start laying! [​IMG]
     
  5. crash0330

    crash0330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah what Cowgirl said!!
     
  6. ve

    ve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the black one is a boy.
     
  7. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, the black one may be a roo, depending on how old it is. Do you know how old s/he is? If it is a roo, then it isn't a Black Sex-Link, it's a mutt.
     
  8. PhlyinPheBee

    PhlyinPheBee Poodles, Chicken, Goats--OH MY!!

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    My sex links are my best layers!!!! I am not sure on your black one but the other one is a pullet.
     
  9. GammaPoppyLilyFlutter

    GammaPoppyLilyFlutter Love Comes with Feathers

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    I love sex links! They are such good layers^.^
     
  10. Count Orloff

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    Quote:Why is it that if it is a pullet then it's a Sex-Link, but if it's a roo then it's a mutt?
     

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