RIRs and Delawares for Sex-Links

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by HaikuHeritageFarm, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. HaikuHeritageFarm

    HaikuHeritageFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all, it's been a LOOONG time since I've had chickens but that looks to be changing soon.

    My friend just bought a flock of Delawares, including a roo, and I'm going to look at some RIRs tomorrow. There are also a couple of RIR roos available.

    I've heard that you can get good sex-link chicks using a RIR roo on Delaware hens, but what about the opposite? Could my friend and I trade roos and both get sex-link chicks, or does it only work one way?

    Also, how long does the roo have to be with the flock before you start saving eggs to get the desired cross/pure bred?

    Thanks!

    (x-posted in Homesteading Today, if you care!)
     
  2. HaikuHeritageFarm

    HaikuHeritageFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, after posting I noticed the Sex-Link sticky hiding at the very top of the list, so disregard. I take it that I can NOT get sex-links using a Delaware on a RIR hen.

    Oh well.

    What about the other Question?
     
  3. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:It takes 3 to 4 weeks to clear the hen from other roosters. Then, when mated with the new rooster .... it is fertile the next day.
     

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