Easter Egger Sex-Links?

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So a family friend has an easter egger rooster that they want to give away (or eat). I want sex-links so that I can avoid getting attached to roos that we have to eat. I have barred rocks, cuckoo maran, a golden laced wyandotte, and another chicken that I think is a black sex link. Could I mix this easter egger roo with any of my hens and get sex-link easter eggers?
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So a family friend has an easter egger rooster that they want to give away (or eat). I want sex-links so that I can avoid getting attached to roos that we have to eat. I have barred rocks, cuckoo maran, a golden laced wyandotte, and another chicken that I think is a black sex link. Could I mix this easter egger roo with any of my hens and get sex-link easter eggers?
Thanks in advance!
You could mix him to the barred rock and cuckoo marans hens and create black sexlinks.

The males will be barred and have a head spot as chicks, the females will be solid.
 

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Easter Eggers are a mixed breed. You need 2 pure breed chickens of special breeds to get sex-linked chicks.
Not true. If you have a rooster that does not have any barring genes, and cross him to a barred hen you can get sexlinks. Even if they are the most mixed up scrambled birds ever.

You could also create sexlinks from crossing a silver based hen to a gold based rooster. Males will be silver, and females will be gold.

You could also potentially create sexlinks based on feather growth. Slow feathering is dominant, so if you cross a fast feathering rooster to a slow feathering hen you will get fast feathering females and slow feathering males.
 

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Some colors work better for sex links too. Good rule of thumb for black sex links is to use a dark feathered, non barred, rooster. The hen must have barring so any hen with barring will work (barred rock, legbar, cuckoo marans, delaware, CA Grey, etc.)
 

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I did not know you could make a sex-link from a mixed breed chicken. I learned something new today. I am assuming that barring genes are dominant therefore the rooster will show barring if he has the gene.
Yep, You could potentially have a bird that hides barring if they have dominant white or something, though even then a lot of the times you will see ghost barring.

But if you stray towards solid/darker males you shouldn't have to worry much about hidden barring I don't think.

ETA: I just realized if you have a recessive white bird they can hide barring. So just stray away from white birds, as they can hide it.
 
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Not true. If you have a rooster that does not have any barring genes, and cross him to a barred hen you can get sexlinks. Even if they are the most mixed up scrambled birds ever.

You could also create sexlinks from crossing a silver based hen to a gold based rooster. Males will be silver, and females will be gold.

You could also potentially create sexlinks based on feather growth. Slow feathering is dominant, so if you cross a fast feathering rooster to a slow feathering hen you will get fast feathering females and slow feathering males.
Interesting! So for example, if I crossed a gold Wyandotte rooster, and a silver Wyandotte hen, I'd get a sex-link?
 

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