Breeding my own sex link questions

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by foothillsfiber, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. foothillsfiber

    foothillsfiber Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 23, 2011
    I would like to know from those who have made their own sex links, if the egg production is comparable to hatchery sex links? I am going to use hatchery stock to do this. Any thoughts?
  2. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 14, 2011
    i would use RIR and leghorns if coming from a hatchery. both breeds are great producers.
  3. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2008
    If you are going to make a good egg producer that is a black sex link- cross a production red male with a barred rock female.

    a red sex link cross would be a production red male with a delaware

    production white leghorns can not be used in sex linked cross- all of the chicks will be white

    A person could use a white leghorn but the bird would have to be breed for that purpose- commercial white leghorns are not bred for the purpose of doing sex linked crosses; commercial birds carry the wrong genes

    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
  4. foothillsfiber

    foothillsfiber Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 23, 2011
    I know what I am going to use, I wanted to know for those who have done it how their egg production turned out.
  5. birdman1994

    birdman1994 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 1, 2012
    surry county
    what are you going to use
  6. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    Nothing HomeBrew can beat the Hi line production type birds, these birds are expected to lay 320+ eggs a year( no RIR or Barred rock can come even close to that..

    years ago I was going to "Recreate" this type of production birds, using "Spent" Hi Line layers, My plas was to use a Silver Male back to them, Cull all the F1 pullets, stay with the F1 Golden(S/s+) Males, breed them back to the Same Hi Line hens, Cull all of the BC1(first generation back to parent cross) Females, stay with the BC1 Golden Males, cull the gold males.. cross the BC1 Males to Same Hi Line Hens, Keep fo the BC2(Second generation back to parent cross) Silver Hens to see how good they lay at this stage.. Cull all of the BC2 gold hens and gold BC2 Males, stay with the Golden BC2 Males and mate them back to none related Hi Line hens, at the BC3 stage all of Silver hens should be good layers. cull the gold hens but keep the gold males, keep the golden males, cross them with their Silver hen sisters, out of this cross one should get many Silver hens and Silver roosters, keep both of them..

    so you will have two lines, a Silver Line and a Gold line, keep them separate cross them whenever you need gold sexlinks.... alot of breeding work, but these birds cant be beaten at what they do best..
  7. chickkrzi

    chickkrzi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2011
    Waco texas
    I'm not really sure but to keep this thread alive I would also like to here from others that has bought hatchery chicks for breeding there sex links. And what was the egg production of them (ie better than parent hatchery stock). But I'm betting that the parent stock of hatchery sex link would have a higher production rate in there blood line. But on the other hand if you breed a donkey to a horse you get ONE BIG DONKEY lol. I hatched 20 black sex links last year and sold all of the pullets. (16) in just a few days. Most didn't ask about egg production, they just wanted the pullets. I wished I would have kept a few just to satisfy my curiosity.
    I just bought 4 rir pullets, 2 rir roos, 4 barred pullets, and 2 barred roos from Ideal back in Nov. Going to hatch some more next spring. Might keep a few just to see how all that works out. So how has your "home made sex links" worked out for you.
  8. adorable

    adorable Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2007
    near ottawa ontario
    I would like to also.. Anyone else.
  9. QuoVadis

    QuoVadis Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2013
    I think you can make a sex link with a male Speckled Sussex, and a female Salmon Favorelle, correct? I'd like to try this someday, because I'm not a fan of hatchery sex link chooks personalities. Anyone ever done sex links with the less common breeds, or even banties? I'm curious if they always produce better than their parents, or only with certain breeds.
  10. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    Quote:yes Speckled Sussex over a Salmon Faverolle hen would produce Silver/Gold Sexlinks....but I highly doubt they will be as productive as hatchery stock

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