Sex link color question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by HEChicken, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Ok, I have done searches on the forum and read many, many posts, but I still have a question about sex-linking. The answers to questions about sex-linking typically state that the chicks can be sexed at hatching based on their color, but don't go into more detail than that!

    So - what is the color difference between male/female? In other words, say someone hatched out 12 black sex links and they could clearly see two different colors - how would that person know which color was male and which color was female?

    I recently bought some chicks from a local person. The rooster was a white rock and the hen could have been a RIR, a BO or a BR. Which chicks from this union would be sex-linked AND, what would the males look like versus the females?
     
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    I dont think any of that rooster over them hens would make a sex-link..

    A red sex-link would be a cross results from mating a Production strain Rhode Island Red male with a Delaware, Rhode Island White or a White Rock female.
    ( male chicks from this cross are white and female are red )

    A black sex-link would be a cross result of a Barred Rock hen crossed with a Production Red male.
    ( male and female chicks from this cross are black BUT the males will have a white/yellow spot on there head )

    Chris
     
  3. Zuesdude

    Zuesdude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought to sex a chick they looked into the vent and knew what to look for.
     
  4. RAREROO

    RAREROO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may get sexlinks from the solid white roo on the BR hens, this will be from a non-barred roo over a barred hen. The female chicks should be solid black and the roos would be black with a light spot on the head (barred).

    Most black sexlinks use the gold on silver factor, A Red or Buff roo on the Barred hens which will give black female chicks with red faces and greyish male chicks. ( the pics below are some that I crossed from a Buff Orp roo with Barred Rock hens)

    However with the others, the hens would have to be white and the roo used would need to be red or buff, this would produce red of gold sexlinks (redish female chicks, white male chicks.) But since in the roo was the white one, it won't produce sexlinks

    This is a Pullet at 4 wks

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    And this is a roo

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  5. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Most black sexlinks use the gold on silver factor, A Red or Buff roo on the Barred hens which will give black female chicks with red faces and greyish male chicks.

    Most black sex links use sex linked barring.....the males being black with a white headspot.


    However with the others, the hens would have to be white and the roo used would need to be red or buff, this would produce red of gold sexlinks (redish female chicks, white male chicks.) But since in the roo was the white one, it won't produce sexlinks

    Red & gold sex links use sex linked gold & silver. White is not a reliable colour to use for sex links unless one knows that the bird is silver. Recessive white would not necessarily make sex links as one cannot tell what is under the white & dominant white of itself will not make sex links of any colour.

    If the white rock might make a sex link with the barred rock female. However if it is barred under the white, it will not.​
     
  6. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks for all the answers - I think I understand this better now!
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:A skill difficult to master. Pretty much anyone can sort solid black versus black with a spot of white or yellow on the head, or red versus white.
     

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