Blue/green laying sex linked

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by JenniferDuBay, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. JenniferDuBay

    JenniferDuBay Out Of The Brooder

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    What would be the easiest recipe to get blue/green eggs with sex linked colors? Additionally I would like them to be a heavy layer, preferably of large eggs.
     
  2. bramblefir

    bramblefir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you want sexlinks (sexable with F1 only) or autosexing (sexable with every generation)?

    If you want sexlinks it's ridiculously easy:
    Cross a male Ameraucana or other non-barred blue egg breed over barred females that lay white or brown eggs.
     
  3. JenniferDuBay

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    Wouldn't that only get me blue eggs? Additionally, how can I be sure of BB on the rooster when purchasing?
     
  4. bramblefir

    bramblefir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blue egg male x white egg female = light blue eggs
    Blue egg male x brown egg female = green eggs (shade will vary based on how dark the brown is)

    You'll want NON-barred males, so simply don't buy one with any barring and you'll be in good shape.
     
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  5. chkiror

    chkiror Just Hatched

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    Cream legbar lay medium blue eggs. Autosexing so you can tell boys from girls at birth
     
  6. JenniferDuBay

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    I was looking at them, but at 30 dollars a chick, that's pretty expensive
     
  7. JenniferDuBay

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    So just to clarify, a male ameraucana over a California grey would produce sex linked, 100% blue laying chicks?

    And if I crossed an olive egger with an amerauncana that would produce 50% green layers and 50% blue layers?

    And assuming all of that is correct, how would I go about getting a barred olive egger?

    And I know I am opening a can of worms, but how does one go about breeding autosexing?
     
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  8. newhenintown

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    Sorry to jump on this post out of nowhere but just curious as to why you don't want a barred male? Im new and have never bred chickens. And I have a EE that is obviously crossed with something because he is barred.
     
  9. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Because the OP wants sex linked offspring. Any non-white, non-barred male crossed with a barred female will result in sex links. Male chicks will have a white head spot while female chicks will be solid in color.

    You may want to check out the first post in this thread if you are interested in how sex links are created

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/261208/sex-linked-information
     
  10. JenniferDuBay

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    I think I can answer this. Barred is a sex linked attribute. In chickens, the genetics of male and female are reversed. They aren't called X and Y, but essentially, males have XX and females have XY. So if the female has barred on her X gene, then genetically speaking, only and all of the males would be barred, because the female would only supply the X gene to a male.

    If the male were barred, he could supply the barred X to either males or females and thus, would be of no use in sexing.

    Am I correct?
     
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