sex link help for newbie

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Chirping
11 Years
Sep 24, 2008
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I raise Buff Orpingtons and want to cross them with another breed to produce sex linked chicks. I know nothing about the genics, so sorry if this is a dumb question. I just want to be able to sex the chicks at birth. What breed can I cross with my current Buffs to get this and come up with a respectable egg layer?

Thanks

Ken
 

speckledhen

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You could cross a Buff Orp rooster over a Barred Rock or Cuckoo Marans hen. All the cockerels will be barred and the pullets will be a more or less solid color, I believe. Ive had several different crosses of Barred Rock hens with different roosters and it's always that way. I think you could tell the sex at hatch by color of the down, too, but someone may have to confirm that.
 

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Chirping
11 Years
Sep 24, 2008
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60
Tennessee


Thank you very much!! That actually makes things easy. The Barred Rock is my wifes favorite!!!

Any chance a cross with a Deleware would give the desired result? My neighbor has some and would give them to me. Now thats MY favorite kind of chicken .... FREEE!!!
 

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Chirping
11 Years
Sep 24, 2008
8
0
60
Tennessee
:eek:

Steve...I think your right!!!! I read that post 3 times then needed a beer.

Thanks for the help guys... I will keep to my Aerospace Engineering. Its much easier than the genetic make up of chickens.
 

speckledhen

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Yeah, you see I wasn't involved in the other one, LOL. I just know about Barred Rock hens passing their barring to their sons. Had some Silver Phoenix/BR, EE/BR, Cochin/Silkie x BR. All same deal with the barring. Has to be the hen that is barred, though, for sex linking. The barred rooster will pass the barring to all the chicks.
 

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