Sex Linked Traits

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Byrdj, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. Byrdj

    Byrdj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did a Brown Red Game Cock x Rhode Island Red hen. All the pullets have feather coloring just like a Brown Red hen. Even have the mulberry colored skin on their faces and totally black shanks. All the cockerals have RIR feather coloring with red colored skin on their faces and yellow shanks. Also, the pullets have a single comb and the cockerals have twisted pea combs. Can anyone explain this?
     
  2. prariechiken

    prariechiken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Depends on the "purity" of your brownred, (hate that word when disscussing gamefowl), but I can offer a few thoughts/insights.... In chickens, the hen dictates the sex of the offspring, therefore the cockerels should favor her genes over the males genetics. The brownred must be dominate color wise to the RIR since the pullets who received an "X" from each parent look the part of the BR. Both sides should show some of the columbian restriction though. Comb wise, pea is dominant to straight, so to get straight and pea combs, the pea must be an incomplete in the parents. It is hard genetically when you add in a gamefowl since so many different things went into the makeup of the various families and strains that there is always a possibility of some crazy throwback, especially when crossing breeds. Sound like some pretty birds though, post us a pic if you can...
     
  3. Byrdj

    Byrdj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A male at 9 weeks. Looks like the Columbian Restrictor kept the black feathering off the breast. He has the carriage and long tail of the American Game.[​IMG]
    Here is a female at 9 weeks. She has the shape, carriage, and tail of a game chicken also.[​IMG]
     
  4. prariechiken

    prariechiken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, we have had some RIR cross American Game roos look just like that, was a BBred game hen.
     

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