sex link help for newbie

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sideplate, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. sideplate

    sideplate New Egg

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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
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    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.
     
  3. sideplate

    sideplate New Egg

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    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!!![​IMG]
     
  4. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Cynthia may be reluctant to respond and have a return of this discussion:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=843031

    Good Heavens! I can't make heads or tails of it!

    Ken, I think I'd pay good money for Barred Rock hens just so I wouldn't have to reason out that Buff Orpington/Delaware thread [​IMG].

    Steve
     
  5. sideplate

    sideplate New Egg

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    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.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    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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