sex link eggs will i be able to tell?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FLITZ, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. FLITZ

    FLITZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2012
    If i hatch sex link eggs. will i be able to sex the chicks or does it not work for the 2nd generation sex link chicks
  2. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Good question--I see this asked often.

    Sex link sortation is good only on one generation.

    Rhode Island Red rooster carries 2 red genes, one to girl offspring and one to boy offspring. He is mated to a silver hen, like a Silver laced wyandott. She provide one silver gene. The silver gene masks the red gene. So . . . .

    THe girl chicks are a different color than the boy chicks at hatch. You cannot use these chicks to breed the next generation of sexlinks. Yes you can breed them but there is no color sorting by gender.

    THis is a very detailed thread if you want the full story. I have reread it about 10 times to fully understand the detail.
    BackYardChickens Forum / Sex- linked Information
  3. coz74

    coz74 Underground chicken enabler

    Aug 22, 2011
    S.E. Wisconsin
    If you are talking about sex-links like the red or black variety, then no the second generation is not sex-linked. Now there are breeds that breed true as sex-liks like the Legbars and a few other rare breeds.

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