Gold sex link or something else?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Rowsdower, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. Rowsdower

    Rowsdower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As some of you may know, I bought 7 GSL pullets a few weeks ago. One of them has always looked different than her sisters. I realize that there is a lot of variation among hybrids (I have 7 of them, all different), but "Rosie" just looks a lot smaller and hasn't all of the white flecking like the others. I have been wondering if maybe she might be a Pure RIR, so I thought I'd seek opinions. They originally came as a chicks from TSC. I am not really sure how things go at those places but did not think it would be difficult for a mix up to occur. What do you think?

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  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    looks like a production red, red sex link hen
     
  3. Rowsdower

    Rowsdower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And produce she does. Thanks for your reply.
     
  4. Wild Rooster

    Wild Rooster Out Of The Brooder

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    That looks more like a Rhode Island Red. i have both Rhode Island Reds and Production Reds, here is the difference:

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    Rhode Island Red (in the middle)
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    Rhode island reds are evenly rusty colored with black or white on the tail tips and wing tips. Production Reds are orange-ish and white. by the way, TSC mixes up chicks ALOT!
     
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  5. Rowsdower

    Rowsdower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her sisters...

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  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    They are red sex links, gold sex links, etc. We grow out 25-50 of these birds every year and they vary greatly as to the percentage of their coloration tends towards showing considerable white to almost showing no white at all. It's raining, otherwise I might go take a photo of the current group. A couple of them have no white, except for a beige/white color feather or two in their tails. It's common.

    Honestly, even with 25 of these birds, no two come out exactly alike in the balance of red to white, because they are hybrids, of course.

    Here's a photo of some from a year ago.

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    And here's some from the year before that.

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    The above are red/gold sex links. A production red is a strain of RIR that is not bred to standard, but has been bred for production (by sneaking in other blood). Often sold as a RIR, but lacking the characteristics of the brick shape body and deep, almost black, shiny, mahogany feathering of a true bred RIR. Here's some production reds (mine). No white feathers at all.


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  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    These are purebred Rhode Island Red pullets. As you can see, my production reds are considerably lighter in color and slightly different in body shape. Our Red or Gold Sex Links are far more rusty copper in color and the body shape is altogether different. These pullets belong to KathyinMo and I hope she doesn't mind me using her photo.
     
  8. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    i want some of these but i want them in bantams. do you know where i can find some at?
     
  9. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    it's not a production red, she has a white tail. she is a sex link
     
  10. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's a red sex-link, notice her white tail feathers!
     

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