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Leg color sex link?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MerleMice, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. MerleMice

    MerleMice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my mixed flock, I crossed a Speckled Sussex roo with an easter egger female. I going to jump the gun and suggest that the males from this cross are darker with dark ish feet, whereas the females are lighter with white feet.

    I read up a little on how foot/shank genetics work, but could someone explain how it works for this pairing?

    I have some Americaunas that are growing up, if I cover those females with the SS roo, will I see the same effects?

    Dark male, feet are colored
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    Lighter female, white feet
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    Recent chicks, light left dark right
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    Corresponding light leg
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    Corresponding dark ish leg
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    Thanks for any "feet" back. Hehehe...
     
  2. Toddrick

    Toddrick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not a genetics expert, but I do know that with some breeds, like Barred Rocks, the dark wash on their feet is usually (not 100%, maybe 80%?) indicative of a female. So you certainly could be noticing a valid pattern. However, since your dame is an Easter Egger, which is not a breed, but a hybrid, the (sort of) "sex linked" trait will most likely not carry on to future generations.
     
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    I don't think you have sex links.

    The only leg/shank color sex link I've seen is a black/fm male over a yellow or white shanked female. Females hatch dark, males light.

    That's what I've read, anyway. I had an accidental clutch of a slate legged Ameraucana over a Dark Cornish and wound up with 3 dark legged cockerels.
     
  4. MerleMice

    MerleMice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the input! She's mid molt right now, but when her production starts back up I'm going to hatch some more. Er, for science. :p

    With how the green egg laying gene works, these ssxee crosses, will the females lay green/tinted? I'd always thought the green eggs and legs went hand in hand, but I saw on another thread that it wasn't the case.
     
  5. donrae

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    Well, I don't think your rooster is a Sussex. He's not speckled, and his build doesn't look like a Sussex. His comb looks mixed, so he may have some green egg genes himself, but you wouldn't know for sure unless you bred him to a white egger and saw what color the pullets laid.

    Going with he's a brown egger, it will depend on what color eggs your EE lay. If they lay blue, then the offspring would lay green. If they lay green, then you'll get a combo of brown and green egger offspring pullets.

    Leg/shank color and egg color are not at all linked.

    your two chicks have the same leg color. The darker color down the front is usually referred to as a wash of color, it's not the color of the shanks itself but a kind of overlay.
     
  6. MerleMice

    MerleMice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, those aren't the parents, those are all the F1s! Sire is very much a Speckled Sussex, albeit hatchery stock.

    The SS have creme colored eggs, the ee green. Will that produce the same outcome as brownXgreen?

    That's cool about the overlay, I didn't know that was a thing! Obviously, ha.

    And of course, while I was searching to double check the SS egg color, I stumbled across this blog page which has a SSxEE partial hatch. Looks like a mix of dark and light birds, same goes for the feet from what I can see.

    http://www.homegrowngourmet.org/how...crow-gender-identification-in-young-chickens/
     

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