I thought I had a sex link rooster and 7 hens, turns out I have two roosters and 6 hens.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by fatboysmith, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. fatboysmith

    fatboysmith Out Of The Brooder

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    All information on BYC and the internet states that Black Sex Link cockerels are similar to a barred rock pattern. The BSL rooster that I purchased with the hens fit that description. One of the "hens", it now seems is a rooster, but he looks like the hens with the exception of yellowish legs vs. black / gray and he is taller with a larger comb and wattles (as any rooster would be). Has anyone heard of or seen this before. Is it even possible genetically speaking, or was there just a mix up at the hatchery?

    Dennis
     
  2. StarMeKritten

    StarMeKritten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think it's possible to have a non-barred black sex link rooster. Either it is a masculine looking hen approaching point of lay, or it could be that it's a rooster of a different breed that just got mixed in by mistake. Photos would help :)
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Pictures?

    By defination, a black sex link rooster has to have barring, that's kind of the point of the sex being linked to the color.

    How old are the birds? my two thoughts are...it's a hen reaching point of lay, or...it's a rooster of a different breed.
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Could be just a BSL hen with larger comb than the others. They are known for sometimes having large combs, at least hatchery stock is. A BSL rooster would always be barred because black sex links are hybrids, a cross of usually a Rhode Island Red rooster and Barred Rock hen, the hen passing barring to only her sons, therefore, the males have a spot on the head at hatch and the females do not, hence barring is a "sex-linked" trait.
     
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    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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  7. fatboysmith

    fatboysmith Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for reaffirming what I thought. I will upload a picture tomorrow evening. I have seen her/he be aggressive with the smaller hens, and my wife swears she saw it crowing. The yellow legs were throwing me off. Thanks everyone!
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If you post that picture, we can tell you if it's just a BSL hen with a big comb or a mistake by the hatchery and maybe they sent you a black cockerel of some other breed.

    P.S. Saw it crowing, or heard it crowing? Some folks see a bird gaping while trying to dislodge a piece of straw from their throat and think it's trying to crow.
     
  10. fatboysmith

    fatboysmith Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's the chicken in question...as you can see his/her sister to the left has a much smaller comb, but being that they're hybrid, who knows?
     

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