Red/Brown with White

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Soylent Chick, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. Soylent Chick

    Soylent Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2015
    Hello everyone! Could you please help me identify these 7-8 week old chicks? I hatched them from light brown eggs that were being distributed as food from a hatchery supplier's surplus (so I don't have a breed list to refer to).



    Compared to the Australorps and production reds they hatched with,they have consistently been a little bit smaller and shyer than the others.
  2. Red sex links. Or. Red sex link mixed babies (ie red sex link mother).
  3. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Overrun With Chickens

    They almost remind me of my uncle's Isa Brown hen, but I could be completely off. [​IMG]

    Here's how she looked at about that age.

    Last edited: Mar 3, 2016
  4. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    They look to be Red Sex Links...and both look to be pullets as you would expect, so I think first generation Red Sex Link (which are color coded for gender that first crossing).

    And yes,they come by many names...ISA Brown is one, Red Comet, Gold Star, Red Star, Cinnamon Queen, Red Sex Link, Gold Sex Link.

    It is a hybrid (mix) of a red based rooster, usually a RIR or NH, and a silver based hen, usually a Silver Laced Wyandotte or Delaware or non-dominant white Rock.

    The different mixings cause the different names, as hatcheries use their favorite formula, but it all means one thing...color coding in the chick down for gender.

    At hatch, females are foxy red or yellow with red highlights while the males are pale yellow. This is valuable for hatcheries as most people want layers not roosters.

    RSL hens grow out to be red hens with white trim while the males will be predominately white with some red bleed through usually at the wings.

    But that only works with the first generation crossing with a purebred red male over a purebred silver based female. You can't breed 2 RSL's and get sex linked coloring in chick down. In the second generation both genders are red with white trim (red-gold as chicks).

    Which is why the one poster pondered if it might be an RSL in the background. Typically with an RSL in the background of a "mutt" mixing, you end up with more white in the birds depending upon what the other parent was...but it can be very deceptive of some unscrupulous people who pass off second generation RSL for gender identifiable first generation RSL by breeding an RSL to an RSL.

    Since you got a grab bag of surplus eggs from a hatchery, I wouldn't doubt they are RSL...and at this age definitely looking to be standard sex linked RSL pullets.

    Last edited: Mar 3, 2016
  5. Rhodebar Lover

    Rhodebar Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2015
    Up North
    I agree. :)
  6. Soylent Chick

    Soylent Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2015
    Thank you all for the help! Your information is very appreciated, LofMc!
  7. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2015

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