Can I use a Blue Andalusian rooster to create blue sex links?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hatchingbunnies, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. hatchingbunnies

    hatchingbunnies In the Brooder

    Jul 22, 2009
    Maricopa Co. Arizona
    I am currently breeding several varieties of Red and Black sex-links and would like to start a blue sex-link pen. What are the best combinations? I can get a blue andalusian rooster locally, I have also found a couple of blue cochin roosters. Can any of these be bred with a barred hen to produce blue sex links? Also, could they be bred with a light columbian hen to produce sex-links? I have read Tadkerson's sex-link information thoroughly, but he doesn't address blue as much as the black and red. Thanks for any help.
  2. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

    Mar 4, 2009
    waterville , canada
    You can not create a "Blue Sex link" (unless you choose to due feather sexing)

    Blue Sex links due not have a golden gene in them ( i don't think) the reason barred hens work for a sex link is because they have a silver gene. When you breed a gold carrying rooster (ie. RIR) over a Silver hen (ie. Barred rock) you get a sex link. Blue's due not have (or should not have) a gold gene thus can not be used for a sex link crossing [​IMG]
  3. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    If you use a barred hen the male offspring will be barred- about 1/2 of them blue if you use a black barred hen. The barring isn't always so visible on blue birds when they hatch, from my experience.
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Quote:Umm, the reason Barred hens work is not because of silver vs gold, but because of the BARRING. [​IMG]

    Yes, you can create Sex Linked chickens from Andalusian x Barred hen, but remember that if the Andalusian is blue, your offspring will be 50/50 blue and black. [​IMG]

    Using a Splash male over a barred female will create 100% blue sex links. [​IMG]
  5. hatchingbunnies

    hatchingbunnies In the Brooder

    Jul 22, 2009
    Maricopa Co. Arizona
    What color eggs would the Andalusian offspring lay since he carries the gene for white eggs?
    What about the Blue Cochin? Would that be a better rooster for the blue sex-link? Or is it the same deal with 50/50 blue/black?
    Anyone have any help on the blue roo over light columbian hens?
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2011
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona

    Any sex-linked gene can be used to create a sex-linked bird. Silver/gold is the more common gene used, but barred/non-barred is probably the second most common combination. With black sex-links, the silver/gold gene is immaterial; it is the barring gene that is the determinor.

    Blues are as likely to be gold as to be silver, but you do not want there to be leakage and have either colour show.
  7. hatchingbunnies

    hatchingbunnies In the Brooder

    Jul 22, 2009
    Maricopa Co. Arizona
    Anybody care to chime in on the blue roo over light columbian hen question? Hey, Tadkerson, could use your help here [​IMG]
  8. phasianidae

    phasianidae Songster

    Nov 9, 2010
    Quote:You would get 50% blue 50% black, but not sexlinks. As Illia said, the only way to get sexlinks with a Blue Andalusian rooster is to breed him to a cuckoo or barred hen.
  9. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    Quote:Brown is dominant. White x brown=brown. [​IMG]

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