questions about sex link and dominance

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by City Chicken, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. City Chicken

    City Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i crossed a light sussex roo with a white rock- hens are all white with some very slight smokiness in their neck feathers and one or two has an odd black feather.

    is white dominant?

    also,
    if i breed my light sussex roo to rhode island red hens, will this produce a sex linked chick? or no?

    i have seen some conflicting sex link info and i'm wondering what the deal is since i don't 'get' the whole genetics thing yet.
     
  2. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dominant white is dominant, but only makes black feather(part)s white.
    recessive white is recessive, and inhibits all color.
    Silver is sexlinked and (incomplete) dominant and replaces all groundcolor = the not black featherparts, except the salmon breast if present.

    White shanks is a sexlinked trait. RIR have yellow shanks but also have that gene (Id).
     
  3. City Chicken

    City Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sooo. you are saying that the chicks COULD be determined by the shank color... but not necessarily 100%?
     
  4. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shank color may take a few weeks to show though... ;)
     
  5. City Chicken

    City Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok... and yellow would be male? and white female?
     
  6. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, yellow is recessive. Just realized that light sussex have white legs? Then it doesn't help.
     
  7. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    I was starting to wonder. LOL
    All chicks should have White legs, Correct?


    Chris
     
  8. City Chicken

    City Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hm, so no sex linking in this pair then?
     
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  9. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks can have melanized legs (eg black or birchen), but I have had white legged chickens starting out yellowlegged. I am no expert on chick shanks ... ;)
    But in this cross all older chicks should get white legs.
     

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