Easter Egger over Red Sex Link

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Crzynate, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. Crzynate

    Crzynate New Egg

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    We recently picked up two EE pullets... Tho' we are pretty sure the obes almost definitely a cockerel. Was curious since he will be the only male in the flock of EE and RSL what will I end up with if he crosses with the RSL... Not sure if we'll keep him long enough to find out but just out of curiosity.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Saying he is an EE doesn’t say much. EE is just a catch-all name for a chicken that might have the blue egg gene. He might not have that gene. He can be any color, size, or conformation. Almost by definition an EE is a mix. You really don’t know what genetics are there to pass on.

    A Red Sex Link doesn’t tell me a lot either. You can get RSL’s by crossing certain breeds. You can get RSL’s based on the commercial hybrid egg layers. About the only thing you know genetically about a RSL is that she has the gold gene and does not have the silver gene. That’s what makes her a red sex link.

    All I can tell you is that you will get chicks. Some of the pullets may or may not lay blue or green eggs. You really don’t know anything else. Depending in what the male and female look like you could get a wide variety of colors and patterns. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but I personally like a flock of many different colors and patterns.
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Since both EEs & RSLs are hybrids & neither breeds true to begin with, there is no way to predict the characteristics of their offspring. They may turn out to be good chickens, but they will basically be mutt birds.
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    That being said, I took an educated guess, and hatched eggs from a neighbor's flock: EE roo x PBR hen, and got exactly what I was expecting: Black Sex link birds, with pea combs, slate colored legs, and they all lay pretty blue or green eggs. So, my guess is: you will get a nice egg layer with a pea comb who will MOST likely lay a shade of olive, or blue-greenish egg. Half of the fun is waiting to see what you get: first the little chick out of the egg, then the egg out of the pullet.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Any time you hatch with a barred mother, you have more predictable results. I've had sires of Silver Phoenix, Cochin/Silkie and EE over BR hens as well as Delaware (though that clouds it somewhat, a Dellie carrying a barring gene) and gotten nice birds, because moms pass barring to their sons and not their daughters. All are technically sex links. Pea comb is dominant, of course, so you'll get some combination type combs on those or some that have pretty decent pea combs.
     
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