Sex- linked Information

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tadkerson, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. Tomtommom

    Tomtommom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're positively gorgeous little birds, much better than my other birds from Tractor Supply. Straight toes, nice feathers, good gait and body, unlike their usual inbred production types. They're very curious, which makes me worry they'll be cockerels.
     
  2. KYTinpusher

    KYTinpusher Master Enabler

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    I have a question on sex-links. I have been reading up on them lately (mostly this thread, THANK YOU!) because I am trying to hatch some for a friend. What I have read is that almost any roo (except white or barred) over barred hens (mine are Barred Rock) will give you sex-links. So DMRippy was nice enough to confirm that my EE roo (Columbian pattern, I think) over my BR would give me sex-links. Those eggs are in the bator now and I am anxiously awaiting that hatch. [​IMG]

    Last summer, though, I hatched some BR eggs from the hens that are in with my Swedish Flower Hens just to see what I would get. They came out looking very much like SFH, they weren't black and they didn't have spots on their heads even though they were both boys. Why didn't it work? Any ideas?
     
  3. R1S1NGT1D3

    R1S1NGT1D3 New Egg

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    This thread will make your head spin! I had a flock of mixed orpingtons (buff, blue, lavender, lemon cuckoo) 1 roo and 6 hens. After a horrible week we lost our roo and 3 hens to roaming dogs and what I believe was a weasel. Wanting another roo to protect my remaining hens, I picked one up off craigslist (a blr wyandotte). I have a single blue and 2 lemon orpingtons left. In an effort to replenish my flock I began collecting eggs from the lemons to go in my homemade incubator, at some point Id like to add some columbian wyandottes through hatching eggs and this was sort of a test run for the incubator. After rereading the poultry section in The Encyclopedia of Country Living, I began wondering if this could result in a sex link cross, which lead me to this thread. I was hoping some of the more veteran members/breeders could give me any info.

    Thanks!
     
  4. BYC Man

    BYC Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So much info for me at this early of my journey. However, very intriguing.
     
  5. Rancher3535

    Rancher3535 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am fascinated by this topic and just curious about the sex linking of birds. Here are a couple of questions for the experts on this topic.

    I saw somewhere that I could put a Barnevelder male on a Columbian Wyandotte female and I would have sex linked chicks. If that is true how would I know which chicks are male and female?

    Secondly If I put a RC RIR on Columbian Wyandotte females would I have sex liked chicks? Then the chicks would be rose comb? What color would the male chick be?

    Last one for now… Barred Rock male on Columbian females would do what in the way of sex linking? A big mess or not possible to sex link.

    Thanks
    Rob
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    I saw somewhere that I could put a Barnevelder male on a Columbian Wyandotte female and I would have sex linked chicks. If that is true how would I know which chicks are male and female?

    Secondly If I put a RC RIR on Columbian Wyandotte females would I have sex liked chicks? Then the chicks would be rose comb? What color would the male chick be?


    I have not made those specific crosses so I don’t know exactly what the chicks would look like. The way you could tell the males from the females is that the males will have some yellow down because of the silver and the females will have reddish down because they don’t have any silver. If you look at the very first post in this thread you will see some photos of some of the possibilities. Tim talks about differences in down color there. The difference may be pretty dramatic or it may be fairly subtle.

    Last one for now… Barred Rock male on Columbian females would do what in the way of sex linking? A big mess or not possible to sex link.

    Not possible to sex link. To get black sex links the female has to be the barred parent. You would get black chicks with a spot on the head regardless of sex, and the adults would all be barred.
     
  7. LAFreewayChickens

    LAFreewayChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've been crossing a Black Australorp roo over a Cuckoo Marans hen for black sex links. The head spots can, at times, be hard to tell due to the white/yellow down on the side of the head.

    ANYWAY, I have a bird that is pretty fully feathered out and shows no barring/cuckoo on its back or wings, but is showing something like mottle on its breast. That is, the very tips of the feathers are white.

    Given the lack of baring/cuckoo on the back and wings, is it safe to assuming the white on the breast is some kind of leakage (like the red breasts on RIRxBR black stars), and that this is a female? Or do I need to wait for secondary sex characteristics to be sure?
     
  8. shellchic

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  9. shellchic

    shellchic Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for this most helpful thread and for taking the time to write it. Very well written!
     
  10. apollora

    apollora Out Of The Brooder

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    If I cross a Golden Phoenix roo with a Silver Laced Wyandotte, would that produce a sex-link batch of chicks ? Thank for the info I will be referencing this in the future :)
     
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