Question on red sex link breeding...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MandyH, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Will Golden Comets (aka: cinnamon queens, gold stars) breed true? They are red sex links and the breed is obtained by a white rock roo and a new hampshire red hen, and when born pullets are red and roo is white. SOOOO, with that being said, will breeding the offspring of those be true or will you get some other crazy color the 3rd generation? Thanks
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    You'll get a percentag base on 100 chicks that some will look like white rocks, some like NH reds and come a combinaion but not "cinnamon queens" as they are being called.

    The red sex link is a yard bird (mutt) it will not breed true.

    If you want more you need the white rock roo and the NHR hens.

    Red Sex-Links are the result of various crosses. White Rocks with the silver factor (the dominant white gene would produce all white offspring) are crossed with a New Hampshire male to produce the Golden Comet. Silver Laced Wyandotte crossed with New Hampshire gives the Cinnamon Queen. Two other crosses are obtained with Rhode Island White x Rhode Island Red, and Delaware x Production Red. These two crosses are simply called Red Sex-Links. Males hatch out white and, depending on the cross, feather out to pure white or with some black feathering. Females hatch out buff or red also depending on cross, and they feather out in one of three ways.

    Buff with white or tinted undercolor (such as Golden Comet, Rhode Island Red x Rhode Island White)
    Red with White or tinted undercolor (Cinnamon Queen)
    Red with Red undercolor (Delaware x Production Red) (In this color pattern it is almost impossible to distinguish daughters' color from father's color.)
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Thanks MP, I also just found this:
    "Sex links do not breed true - meaning the offspring will not look the same as the parents. To make more sex links, you must do the original crossing. If you want breeds that can be sexed at hatching and breed true then you should look at the Autosexing Breeds."

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