mut chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by daddy_roo, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. daddy_roo

    daddy_roo Chirping

    Sep 6, 2011
    I know that if a male sex link and a female sexlink egg is hatched it is not a sex link it is more or less a mut. But is there any way to tell what it is going to look like. Does anyone have them and know anything about them?

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Are they black sex links or red sex links? It also depends on which parents were used to make the sex links.

    There are a whole lot of different genes that go into the colors and patterns of chickens. Some are dominant, some are recessive, and some are partially dominant, which means that the results are not clearly either. And whether something is dominant, recessive, or partially dominant depens on what other genes are present. Just one variation can make a significant difference.

    Since there are so many different genes involved and they react differently depending on which genes actually show up, you are not going to get consistent results in coloring or pattern when you cross the offspring of crosses.

    With many red sex link crosses of crosses, you will probably get different shades of gold and red, but also some off white colors. But the patterns available can come into play a lot for different looks and some other colors may be hiding in there other than the ones I mentioned. With many black sex link crosses of crosses, you can really get a wide range of colors and patterns. So basically, no, there is no way to know what the offspring will look like. But with knowledge of the original parents, there are certain options on what you might get.

    If you are really interested, you can play with Henk’s calculator.

    It may take a bit to figure out how to use it, though once you get the hang of it then it is not that bad.
    On the first page select a red rooster and a barred cuckoo hen which gives you a black sex link. Go to the calculator and hit calculate crosses. Then select continue with this rooster and this hen and hit the calculate crosses button again. That shows you the possible crosses from just those basic choices. If your original red rooster had a pattern, say red mottled, you get an even larger possibility of results.

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