Reverse Hybrids?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by digitS', Feb 2, 2008.

  1. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    The Black Star chicken is very popular as a multipurpose hybrid. It results usually from a cross between a Rhode Island Red male and a Barred Plymouth Rock female. They have the advantage that altho' both sexes hatch out black - the males have a white dot on their heads. Black Sex-Links, Black Stars, Rock Reds - I guess they are all the same.

    Here's my question, is there any advantage (other than hybrid vigor) in crossing a Barred Plymouth Rock male and a Rhode Island female??

    I don't suppose that sex could be easily determined upon hatching the offspring but might there be another advantage? Would further out-crossing of the offspring produce a beneficial result?

    Just very curious . . .

  2. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    I asked this a few weeks ago!

    I was told no & they would all be barred
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Reverse crosses do not work as far as sex-linking. The sire must be red (RIR, NHR, and a few others work but I can't think of at the moment).

    I want to believe I read something that the sire has a larger contribution to the offspring than the dame. Why, though, I can't remember... and maybe it was a nuiance of chicken genetics.

    Honestly, the best thing to do would be getting a RIR rooster and breed him to your Barred Rocks for sequential crops of BSL's.

    As a complete aside, I'm breeding a BSL hen to a Cornish rooster to see what the meat turns out like.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yep, no advantage. One "advantage" of commercial sexlinks, is often the parent strains are bred to be "high" egg layers too, so the offspring are also "high" egg layers.
  5. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Crowing

    Apr 30, 2007
    Deer Park Washington
    When you breed a barred rock roo to RIR you will get all barred birds. The offspring are awesome looking, they are red and white barred, kinda bad barring, but they are awesome. I beleive there will be some hybrid vigor but not as much as a normal sexlink.
  6. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Quote:I was pretty confident that the sex-linking would NOT work out. The "complete aside" was what I was curious about, greyfields!

    I hope you will have a report on how the meat birds turn out . . .

    And, "awesome looking" chickens wouldn't be a bad thing . . . [​IMG]


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