Opinion please. I have RIR rooster,

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Don Jr, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. Don Jr

    Don Jr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed of hen do i need to cross with to get the best egg layers?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Breed him to leghorns or barred rocks. You'll get good egg layers.
     
  3. Don Jr

    Don Jr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With either they can be sexed?
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    With the leghorns you can sex them when they hatch.
     
  5. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    You can sex the ones with the barred rock at hatch also. If the hen is barred, then the male chick will have a white dot on their head and the females will be completely black.
     
  6. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Isn't there some white leghorns that are dominant white and won't produce sexlinks?
     
  7. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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    Quote:When my BR hens were chicks they had a white dot on thier head.
     
  8. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Isn't there some white leghorns that are dominant white and won't produce sexlinks?

    I think your right..
    Or at least you wont be able to color sex them at hatch
    Chris​
     
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  9. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    With pure Barred Rock chicks both male and female have the headspot, although female spots tend to be smaller and more distinct than males.

    In a RIR male over Barred Rock female mating, only the male chicks will have the headspot. The females will be solid black. This is what's sold as a Black sex link.

    White Leghorn females mated to RIR males will not always make a Red Sex Link because they're not always the right kind of white.

    I'd go with the RIR/BR cross. [​IMG]
     
  10. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    With Leghorns crossed with a Rhode Island Red you can sex them by feather growth..
    Leghorn are rapid feathering birds and RIR are late feathering birds.
    If I remember right if you cross a Male Leghorn over a Female RIR the pullets will have the faster growing feathers like there father and the cockerels will have the slower growing feathers like there mother..

    Krys if I'm not right please correct me... [​IMG]

    Chris
     
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