Sex linked chicks Help please

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by greathorse, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    I have a group of nice RIR hatchery stock females and a few hatchery stock Cuckoo Marans. I have one rooster of each of those as well.
    If I put MY RIR rooster over the marans hens and the Marans rooster over the RIR hens will my chicks be sex linked? Will I be able to sex them at birth? I confess to knowing little or nothing about coloring in chickens. I would like to hatch and sell some this spring and think I would have a better shot if I could sex my chicks. A couple of the towns around here have just allowed chickens but no roosters.

    Any help would be apprectiated. thanks
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    The RIR roo over the Cuckoo hens should give you sex links.

    I don't believe the opposite is true. (CM roo over RIR hens)
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2008
  3. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    Is the Cuckoo barring just like a Barred rock or is it different I really dont know
  4. Byrdj

    Byrdj Songster

    Dec 7, 2008
    Commerce, GA
    No, the barred rock barring is a cleaner barring than cuckoo. (Cleaner seperation between the black and whie colors.)
  5. blackdotte

    blackdotte Songster

    Nov 18, 2008
    Cuckoo Marans cock over RIR hens will give sexable chicks, at birth cockerels will have a white head spot, pullets will be black.
    Other way around will not work, all chicks will have a head spot and will feather out cuckoo/barred.
    Cuckoo & barred are caused by the same gene, barred. Cuckoo is on birds that have faster feather growth, batted on slow feather growth.
  6. ella

    ella Songster

  7. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Yes, RIR over Barred bird (cuckoo, barred rock, dominique, etc.) will give you sex-links.

    Males will have a spot, females will not.

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