lighter/darker chicks a sex link?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mollybuck, Sep 9, 2014.

  1. mollybuck

    mollybuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello guys! My broody silkie hatched a couple of chicks this weekend. they are black astralorp/blrw mix. We hatched one in may of the same mix and it was a black chick with white tips on its wings and it is definatly a pullet.

    The two (3.. one didnt make it ...) that she has now, one is black with the white tips and one is grey with the white tips. I have about this much............ knowledge on genetics, and and curious if the grey one may be a boy? would such a cross create a sex link? thanks!
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Sorry, but your chicks are not sex linked. Producing sex links requires a hen with a silver gene.
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I forgot to add "or a hen with a barred gene."
     
  4. mollybuck

    mollybuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm.. would a cuckoo Maran? I was just surprised to see the Grey one. I wasn't trying for it. Thanks!
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, a Cuckoo Maran hen will work for sex link chicks as cuckoo is produced by the barred gene. From hatching, the male chicks will have a white spot on their heads and will be barred as adults. Females will lack the white spot as chicks and the barring as adults.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You're not sex linked with that cross, but the lighter bird is likley showing the blue dilution of black, while the darker bird will be black.
     

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