Blue Orpington crossed with a Barred rock

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by lemondsm, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. lemondsm

    lemondsm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read some on here about chicks from a buff orpington and barred rock cross were sex linked. I am curious if this is what I should expect from a blue orp/barred rock cross?
     
  2. jimmy47

    jimmy47 Out Of The Brooder

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    It has been my experience that if you use a blue rooster over a barred hen, you get all males barred with the spot on their head and pullets blue or black solid. If you use a barred rooster over a blue hen, both sexes are blue barred, just my experience but others may have different.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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  4. lemondsm

    lemondsm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Happy Chooks. I have a Blue Orp Rooster with a Barred Rock Hen. Sounds like from Jimmy47 has some experience with this particular cross and I should have sex links. Roos barred and hens solid blue or black. Thanks Jimmy.

    Has anyone else had the same results?
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    You might want to read about the Black Sex Links in Tadkerson's first post in this thread. It explains it real well.

    Tadkerson’s Sex Link Thread
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=261208

    If the hen is the only one barred, you get sex links. If the rooster is barred, you do not get sex links whether the hen is barred orr not.

    I think there are a couple of different ways to make blue, but I'm not really up on that. If it is the normal Splash-Blue-Black, I'd agree with Happy Chooks that they should be half black and half blue, but this blue stuff keeps messing me up.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh sorry, I read buff instead of barred. I would think you'd get sex links with a barred hen and blue rooster.
     
  7. lemondsm

    lemondsm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Ridgerunner. I'll check it out.

    I am trying to limit my flock to specific breeds (Orpingtons, Delawares, S Faverolles, SL Wyandottes and Silkies) but I don't want to get rid of my barred rock hen because she is such a good layer. So, this will help knowing that their offspring are sex linked.

    Does anyone have any experience with how good this cross will lay?

    I know my barred rock hen lays just about daily large eggs. My Orps lay about every other day and the egg is slightly smaller than the barred rock. Just curious what kind of production to expect from their offspring.
     
  8. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    Yes they would be sex liknks. Only the boys will be barred, but the color 50% blue and 50% black barred. The girls will be 50% blue, and 50% of them black solid.
     
  9. lemondsm

    lemondsm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Happy Chooks. No problem. I do it all the time. [​IMG]
     
  10. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Offhand I'd say it's a crap shoot as to how the offspring will lay. Some will take after one line in that aspect and some the other, with some sort of between.
     

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