Breeding black sexlinks??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hatchaholic, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    I'm not up on what you can/should cross with what, so I'm going to ask this question. If it's a dumb one, just overlook me...we're still new at this.

    We have 18 black sexlink pullets that, hopefully, will start laying anyday. [​IMG] We also have 2 RIR roos and 2 bantam partridge cochin roos. I know that you are not supposed to breed the sexlinks together (thus no SL roo), but is it okay to breed them with the RIR?

    If I'm understanding correctly, the only thing that would happen is that they would no longer be sexlinked, but they should still be healthy and good egg producers, right?

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  2. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
  3. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    There's nothing wrong with breeding BSL with BSL or any other chicken. They're still chickens good for egg laying or eating, or both! [​IMG]
  4. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    Breed a RIR roo to a barred rock hen and you will get black sex links..
  5. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Quote:We have barred rock hens and RIR roos for that purpose already.

    I've heared that if you breed 1st generation BSL with 1st generation BSL, and even further down the line, they become less hardy, less healthy, and don't produce as good a quality of eggs. I've also heard they lose the sexlink gene when you breed like this. Is this true? If so, would it be better to breed them to RIR, especially for maximum egg production and for meat birds?

  6. ella

    ella Songster

    It doesn't matter what you cross a sex link with, their offspring won't be sex linked.

    As for strength and laying any offspring will likely be less hardy and productive. Only the first generation carries the 'hybrid vigor'.

    That said, I've found my second gen to be as good as any of my purebred hatchery stock in laying and health. It's not like they turn into duds. [​IMG] So cross your best cocks to your best hens regardless of breed and you'll get good results.

    edited to clarify [​IMG]
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  7. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Thanks, Ella. That's what I wanted to know. I didn't know how much of a change there would be between the first generation and future gens, other than being sexlinked.

    I want to be as responsible as possible with my breeding, and don't want to do anything harmful out of ignorance.

    Thanks again!!
  8. paduanchook

    paduanchook Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    McDavid Florida
    its really a crap shoot when u mix them...sometimes they turn out to b super fast growing studs and sometimes they are not as good or only as good as parents. i have crossed my sexlinks to other roos and got some awsome looking and well laying chicks. remember all breeds are a cross of something many times over, just the best crosses were kept,.
    sometimes u can even strengthen a breed, esp one that has been inbred too many times by infusing their blood with something hardier. its a common practice.

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