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Hatching Red Sex-linked

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bantam Bodon, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Bantam Bodon

    Bantam Bodon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What happens when a red sex linked rooster mates with a red sex linked hen? What are those chicks like? Are they just like the parents or are the their own thing? Are you able to tell the sex by the color like their parents??
     
  2. Makomd

    Makomd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They end up being a mix that is not sex-linked. Should still be reddish and good egglayers though.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    You can get all kinds of odd colors. The laying rate is quite good.
     
  4. Syerf

    Syerf Out Of The Brooder

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    if the rooster is a red sex-link (that is to say the rooster is white) and is mated to a red sex-link hen then their all offspring should be white. If a red sex-link hen is mated to a red rooster then the offspring would be red.
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    This doesn't match out experience. We've bred red sex links many times and the results are very unpredictable. White birds with black splotches, white birds with lots of red leakage, reddish birds with "reverse" white patches, etc. Very odd.

    RIR over a red sex link does not always produce all red chicks either. Most are reddish/orange, but a few always seem to "throw back" to weirdness. LOL
     
  6. Syerf

    Syerf Out Of The Brooder

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    I forgot that the roosters are carrying red so they would pass that on, touche.

    As to black colouring I suppose it would depend on what red sex-link cross is being used.
     
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2013
  7. Makomd

    Makomd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah Fred is correct, I forgot about all the different breeds that ccan be used in red sex link. Could be anything from barred (Delaware), Columbian (Light Sussex), and who knows what else. Could be a melting pot of varieties.
     

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