Sex Link Sexing

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by wrwilliams46, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. wrwilliams46

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    I have a new flock of sex-links(12 roosters, 13 hens), and most of the roosters are almost ready to "graduate". I have one rooster(white coloured) who, other than the fact that he is white(which SHOULD make him/her male), LOOKS more like a hen(who are all red). No comb, small tail, etc.

    Is it possible that the color gene didn't transfer properly, and this is ACTUALLY a hen, as opposed to a rooster...?

    I want to keep 1 rooster with these hens, but if this could actually be a hen, NOT a rooster, I'd like to keep the extra hen, as opposed to turning him/her/it into dinner.

    Any thoughts...? Is the sex-link color gene 100%, could this actually be a "bonus" hen, or just a rooster with hormone imbalances...?
     
  2. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It's more likely a late developing rooster than a hen that inherited the gene for dominant silver from her mom. Though some very weird things have happened with genetic mutations.

    You know you are going to keep him/her, so let us know what happens. Maybe his sex organs never developed, leading to the hormonal imbalance you mentioned. In that case you could end up with a bird that acts like a hen, but can't lay eggs, sort of the worst of everything.

    If you want to keep a roo, I'd keep the best looking/behaving in addition to this one, because if it is hormonal and he doesn't mature to a roo, you will probably want to eat him too. I suspect 2 roos with 13 hens will not present any problems and give better fertility than just one.
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    If it is truly a Red Sex Link (red gene roo X silver gene hen) and it is white, then it is a rooster. As dheltzel suggested, it may just be a late developing rooster. If you want further verification of its identity, post a pic for us and we'll take a look at it.
     
  4. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Forgot about the very real possibility they mixed up chicks at the hatchery. It could be a Rhode Island White or White Rock (or others) and those are virtually impossible to tell apart as chicks. That would be ideal because then you might have a white hen.

    I agree, post some pics and we can say a lot more about this bird. Close up head shot and full body shot would be best.
     
  5. wrwilliams46

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    Pics for reference. [​IMG]
     
  6. wrwilliams46

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    What the rest of the boys look like. [​IMG]
     
  7. wrwilliams46

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    With the girls. [​IMG]
     
  8. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    She is't a sex-link.
    Where did you get the birds from?
     
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  9. wrwilliams46

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    With the girls. [​IMG]
     
  10. wrwilliams46

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    They are from Miller Hatcheries in Canada.
     

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