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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Don Jr, Sep 18, 2009.
What breed of hen do i need to cross with to get the best egg layers?
Breed him to leghorns or barred rocks. You'll get good egg layers.
With either they can be sexed?
With the leghorns you can sex them when they hatch.
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.
Quote:Isn't there some white leghorns that are dominant white and won't produce sexlinks?
Quote:When my BR hens were chicks they had a white dot on thier head.
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
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.
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...