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Rhode Island Red Rooster and Multiple Sex Link Types

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bullitt, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking having a Rhode Island Red rooster and these four breeds of hens would be a good way to have one flock of chickens and produce a variety of sex link types which allow easy identification of the males and females of each cross. The Sex Link hens are also very popular because they lay eggs very well. This would be a good flock for someone who wanted to sell chicks also.


    Black Sex Links are a breed cross using Rhode Island Red males and Barred Plymouth Rock females.

    Gold Sex Links are a breed cross using Rhode Island Red males and Rhode Island White females.

    Red Sex Links are a breed cross using Rhode Island Red males and Delaware females.

    Brown Sex Links are a cross using Rhode Island Red males and silver factor White Rock females.



    Has anyone done this with a Rhode Island Red rooster and at least two of these breeds of hens?

    Any thoughts on this?
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/261208/sex-linked-information

    this is a link to the definitive thread on sex link information. He has a great chart that spells out what makes good sex links.

    The only things I see with your breeds are:

    White Rocks aren't a great choice. Sometimes they have dominant white, which messes things up.

    Hatcheries say they use Rhode Island Whites in sex link crosses, but to my understanding they're actually all but impossible to find.
    But per this chart, there's lots of breeds to choose from.
     
  3. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see some hatcheries, such as Cackle Hatchery, sell Rhode Island White chicks.

    The idea is it just seems that having one Rhode Island Red rooster in a flock allows a person to breed with one or several of the breeds of hens listed to produce sex links, which are hardy, produce a lot of eggs, and of course, produce chicks that can be sexed at birth.

    I suppose it is an easy way to have a variety of chickens and still sell chicks that are a recognizable type.
     
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    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Personally, I'd go for a buff Orpington rooster, I just think they're way prettier and could make sex links also, with the correct females.
     
  5. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, each person has his or her own preference concerning looks. I really like the looks of the Rhode Island Red rooster. But Rhode Island Red roosters are most often used to produce sex links because they produce hens that are very good at laying eggs.

    Also, if a Buff Orpington rooster were used, would a commonly recognized sex link type be produced?
     
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  6. TREX

    TREX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone have any suggestions using auto sexing breeds such as cream leg bars? If I have CLB hens to breed with would the chicks be sexable at hatch no matter what roo I use? Anybody have any suggested mixes?
     
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  7. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I know that chicks from a cross of two autosexing pure breeds are also autosexing.

    You could cross your Cream Legbar hen with a Rhodebar rooster, for example, and have autosexing chicks. I am sure there are many combinations.
     
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    TREX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I know that.It would be better to have the same breed roo if they produce autosexing chicks anyway but my situation is that I can only have one roo for all the females no matter what breed they are because of space limitations and noise and was just wondering what the chicks would turn out like.[​IMG] Would CLB hens crossed with EE roos produce sexlinked chicks or is the gene pool to wonky on the EE side for that? I'd like to get some olive eggers going and it would be great if they could be sexed at hatch.
     
  9. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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