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Cross Breeding Experts needed.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Chicken Ducks, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. Chicken Ducks

    Chicken Ducks Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a barred rock roo and about 6 or 7 hens. Im wondering, is there a way to tell what hen each chicky came from.

    I have 1 x RIR
    1 X RIW
    1 X ISA BROWN
    1 X LIGHT SUSSEX.

    Any ideas what they will look like or how to sex them?
     
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  2. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm curious too, but my mix is the other way lol, a Red Star roo over BR hens...

    I THINK that the barring would pass to the chicks, but they would have Red barring instead...

    @donrae do you have some genetic genious input? :D
     
  3. Farrier

    Farrier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Only your male chicks will be barred, as the BR hens can only pass the barring gene to male offspring. I have no idea as to colour though!
     
  4. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    That's what I was thinking too... I thought you could only get the barring from the female, but since he's a red sex link, I wasn't sure what color they would actually be either... Multicolored? :p

    Yours would probably end up 50% Barred red, 25% Barred black, and 25% no idea patterns? I guess it would depend on WHICH hen he was crossing with... The browns wouldn't have the same patterns as the rocks...

    I'm way off, I just know it ha-ha ;)
     
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  5. Farrier

    Farrier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You shouldn't have much more than 50% barred over all, assuming you don't hatch all roos!
     
  6. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh! Ha gotcha lol :p


    Edit* wait...??? What? It's 4 am here, and I'm really having a brain fog...why wouldn't any if the females be barred?.... If anything, I'm NOT derailing the thread, but helping the OP by asking a bunch of questions? :D


    So by that, would the OPs chicks have no barring at all? Or still just onlybthe males?
     
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  7. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    I have no idea what they'll look like, but you won't be able to sex them from hatch... sex-link with barred only works if the hens are barred... if roo is barred then all chicks will inherit barring...



    Hens only pass their barring to their sons... roos pass their barring to all offspring... so OP's chicks can't be sexed at hatch, but yours can... male chicks will be barred, female chicks will not...
     
  8. Farrier

    Farrier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will be making sex links. Barred rock males carry two copies of the barring gene (hence their "lighter" colour) whilst the hens only carry one copy, which can only be inherited my her male offspring. This is essentially how black sex links are made, but I am not sure if your chicks will be the standard BSL colours. You will be able to sex the chicks at hatch (males will have a white head spot) unless any of them turn out white.

    OP is using the opposite cross so all chicks will carry one copy of the barring gene, and will not be sex linked.

    It's 2pm here in Kuwait!
     
  9. shortgrass

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    Thank you both so much! Lol I hope @Chicken Ducksgot to follow along hahaha!

    I can't sleep so I got on here and confused myself. I'm OK now, thanks!
     
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  10. Chicken Ducks

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    Thank you all for your time. I guess we will wait and see. So far 6 have hatched and have one head dot. Lol funny thing is, i dont want rooster.i want layers. Oh well. Thanks once again
     

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