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hybrid barred plymouth rocks?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chrischuck, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. chrischuck

    chrischuck In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2012
    hi i have just been told of some hybrid barred rocks coming available next month but i cant seem to find much info of them,does anyone know what they are crossed with and how this would affect there genetics thanks

  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    The most common cross is to put a red rooster over a Barred Rock female. This is what is known by the hatcheries as a Black Star, Black Sex Link, etc. This is the most common hybrid, but really? It could be any cross of any chicken.

    In the Black Sex Link, the chicks can be sexed at hatch as the mother passes the "head" dot on to her sons, but the Red rooster used has no head dot to pass on to his daughters. Makes sexing the chicks easy at hatch.

    Most hatchery Barred Rocks lay so well that, in our experience, the crossing with the red doesn't achieve a really big, earth shaking improvement in egg laying. FWIW. The Black Sex Link, if that is what you're getting, is a very popular bird.

    Without knowing what the hybrid cross is, we'll just wish you the best and see what you get, when you get them. [​IMG]

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