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sex linked traits?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by DuckGirl77, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright, so this may be a dumb question, but I'm curious - how many traits are sex linked in chickens? For example, are different types of combs sex-linked? If someone was to cross a rooster with a rose comb and a hen with a single comb, would the cockerels have single combs and the pullets have rose combs? Or what about those ear tuft things (sorry, I know I sound uneducated, but I don't know what to call them[​IMG]) or the color of the chicken's legs? Are those sex-linked traits? It seems strange that people only use feather color/rate of growth for sex-linked chickens.
     
  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Nope, none of those things are sex-linked... that's why feather color or pattern is used...
     
  3. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your reply.
    Out of curiosity, why not?
     
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  4. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    They're just not traits that are linked genetically to different gender...
     
  5. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, that makes sense. So, feather color/rate of growth are the only sex linked traits?
     
  6. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

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    There are other traits, but many are not expressed in chicks, or at least not clearly enough to be of use.
     
  7. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Some specific lines of certain breeds might have some reliable traits... like really good lines of Welsh Harlequins having different bill colors at hatch... but in general feather color/patterns are the most reliable in sex linkage...
     
  8. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I'm new to breeding/genetics, so I have a lot to learn!
     

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