Hi from new zealand! Questions about gender/sex link/breeds

Dreamingeeyore

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Hi all!
I got two chicks earlier this year that are now full grown (one is laying, one a roo).
The hen is a barred rock in looks but seems to be an Easter egger as she lays blue/green eggs. She was a slow featherer.
The roo was a white leghorn but was huge and had some black feathers and also a faint golden/tan on some feathers too so I assume he was also crossed with something. He was a fast featherer.

Fast forward to now the roo fertilised eggs in the whole flock (mostly older brown shavers) we incubated and hatched three chicks.
Two came from the blue/green eggs, and one came from a brown.
The biggest one is the brown egg result - fast feathered and mostly leghorn in looks except it too has brown/tan feathers and a few black.
The other two are smaller, and slow featherer like their mother. One is barred looking and the other looks more like father in colouring with a few black feathers.

My questions are
1. Struggling to gender. We checked wings in first two days and they all looked female. But I could be wrong. The older, bigger one is five weeks and the two smaller are 4 weeks.
2. From all my reading on this site, I know about sex link, but is it easy to use this info with such a genetic mix as this?
3. How is it that a fast featherer and a slow featherer can produce two slow featherers? Is that the dominant?

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You can’t wing sex those breeds easily, since they’re mixes. But that may have worked.
 

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Hi all!
I got two chicks earlier this year that are now full grown (one is laying, one a roo).
The hen is a barred rock in looks but seems to be an Easter egger as she lays blue eggs. She was a slow featherer.
The roo was a white leghorn but was huge and had some black feathers and also a faint golden/tan on some feathers too so I assume he was also crossed with something. He was a fast featherer.

Fast forward to now the roo fertilised eggs in the whole flock (mostly older brown shavers) we incubated and hatched three chicks.
Two came from the blue eggs, and one came from a brown.
The biggest one is the brown egg result - fast feathered and mostly leghorn in looks except it too has brown/tan feathers and a few black.
The other two are smaller, and slow featherer like their mother. One is barred looking and the other looks more like father in colouring with a few black feathers.

My questions are
1. Struggling to gender. We checked wings in first two days and they all looked female. But I could be wrong. The older, bigger one is five weeks and the two smaller are 4 weeks.
2. From all my reading on this site, I know about sex link, but is it easy to use this info with such a genetic mix as this?
3. How is it that a fast featherer and a slow featherer can produce two slow featherers? Is that the dominant?

I will post pics shortly, have to figure out how to attach!!
Pictures of the mom. If the mom is barred, which is possible in EEs, the chicks would be sexlinked.
 

Dreamingeeyore

In the Brooder
Sep 5, 2021
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Hi all!
I got two chicks earlier this year that are now full grown (one is laying, one a roo).
The hen is a barred rock in looks but seems to be an Easter egger as she lays blue eggs. She was a slow featherer.
The roo was a white leghorn but was huge and had some black feathers and also a faint golden/tan on some feathers too so I assume he was also crossed with something. He was a fast featherer.

Fast forward to now the roo fertilised eggs in the whole flock (mostly older brown shavers) we incubated and hatched three chicks.
Two came from the blue eggs, and one came from a brown.
The biggest one is the brown egg result - fast feathered and mostly leghorn in looks except it too has brown/tan feathers and a few black.
The other two are smaller, and slow featherer like their mother. One is barred looking and the other looks more like father in colouring with a few black feathers.

My questions are
1. Struggling to gender. We checked wings in first two days and they all looked female. But I could be wrong. The older, bigger one is five weeks and the two smaller are 4 weeks.
2. From all my reading on this site, I know about sex link, but is it easy to use this info with such a genetic mix as this?
3. How is it that a fast featherer and a slow featherer can produce two slow featherers? Is that the dominant?

I will post pics shortly, have to figure out how to attach!!
 

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