- Aug 4, 2015
Yes..he's VERY barred. So all my barred chicks are female? Awesome...
I think they said it was a black sex linked rooster.
You do have a form of sex linkage there. Bear with me a minute.....
Your black sex link rooster has one copy of the barring gene. So, he gave a barring gene to 50% of his offspring. If the hen was solid, then you'd get half barred and half non-barred, regardless of gender.
But, you have barred hens. So, the hen only gives a copy of her barring gene to the male offspring. So you have 25% males that get a copy from each parent, 25% males that get a copy only from momma. You then have 25% females that get a copy from the father, and last you have 25% females that didn't get that copy from dad, and don't get any from momma. So, if you have any solid (non-barred) chicks from that cross, they're going to be female. Whew! But, the reverse (that all barred birds are male) is not true, you'll also have barred females. So, you can tell some pullets if you have any solid, otherwise you'll just have to grow them out and wait for combs, etc.
They're sure a cute bunch! I had a black sex link rooster as my main flock leader for years and loved the variety I hatched out.