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Red Sex Links

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by OverEasyAcresSC, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. OverEasyAcresSC

    OverEasyAcresSC Out Of The Brooder

    So I hear it's supposed to be the most obvious to sex a sex link chick, but now I'm stuck with all roosters, which were supposed to be hens....sexing sex links are sexed the same way as other breeds, right? Mine were sexed by looking at their wings. Can anyone clarify the difference in sexes by looking at the wings? Is looking at the wings the best way to sex these chicks? [​IMG]
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Sex linking works in a couple of ways - with red/black sex links, it is color sexing - for reds the pullets hatch reddish and cockerels hatch white; for blacks pullets have solid black heads and cockerels have a white/yellow dot on the head. These birds are produced by crossing color genes - for RSLs it is a red cock over a silver hen, for black it is a red cock over barred hens.

    Feather sex linking is different - it is a careful cross of a slow feathering breed and a fast feathering breed (the slow feathering is related to a gene on the Z chromosome) - females of a slow feathering breed crossed to a male of a fast feathering breed will produce chicks that at 1-3 days of age (no older) with examination of the primaries and coverts on the wings and are differentiated with males feathering slow (like the mother) and females feathering fast (like the father)

    Your birds, being RSL, would be sexed by color, not feathering.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2014
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  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Well, most Sex-links that I know of are color-sexable. The females are one color, and the males are another color. I think I've heard of wing-sexable sex-links, too, but don't know any examples of them. Basically, the male chicks feather slower, and the females feather faster. A sexer looks at each chick's wing when they are really young (day or so old), and figures out the sexes. I don't know how reliable that is...

    I do know that it takes specific crosses of breeds to get sex linked chicks, whether they are wing or color sexable. Where did you get your sex-links from? If not from a recognized hatchery, you may have not gotten real sex-links.
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    If you post a picture of the birds in question they can be easily sexed to give you peace of mind.
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    If the chicks were from a feather sex-link breeding then you can feather sex them at day one.

    I see the picture problem isn't fixed. lol try this...


    Heres the pic I was trying to post.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2014
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Agree the thread Chris linked has the best, basic yet comprehensive information on sex linkage I've seen. Read that--just the first page, don't get intimidated by the number of pages!
  8. OverEasyAcresSC

    OverEasyAcresSC Out Of The Brooder

    thank you for your advice! I'll be sure to feather sex them next time instead of goin by the wing method. Little too late to do anything about it now, that I'm stuck with all roosters haha but thanks again! [​IMG]

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