crossing barred rocks with others....

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by bmiss, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. bmiss

    bmiss Out Of The Brooder

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    i'm wanting to get sum "country chickens" that will never be taken to a show...but they will provide eggs and eventually meat.

    i would like to have a variety..... and i love the way the barred rocks look. if you were gonna cross with a barred rocks, what type of birds would you cross with it?
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Well, the nice thing about barred rock hens is if you put them under a nonbarred rooster, the offspring are sex-linked. The males will have a white headspot and grow up barred, the females will have a solid head and grow up non-barred. Bonus! I've seen some buff orp roo over barred rock hen pics on here--search around-- and they're very pretty hens and great layers from what I hear.
     
  3. allmychickens

    allmychickens Just'a small town girl

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    Not all nonbarred roosters will make it a sex-link! ... im no expert but i think the rooster has to have a red gene.... (RIR, BO, NH...)
     
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Incorrect. You are thinking about red sexlinks, which require a red male and a silver female. This thread is about black sex-links, where barring is the sex-linked gene, not silver/gold. For black sex-links you need a barred female and a non-barred male.
     
  5. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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