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Sexing by color

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tiffanya, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. tiffanya

    tiffanya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    I admit to knowing very little about how poultry genetics works and my understanding of sex linked birds is very vague. I have a chicken recently hatched out from two purebred bird. A speckled sussex rooster and either a white or buff orpington hen. The chick is primarily black with some white (looks pretty similar to a barred rock chick actually). What crosses allow you to determine the sex of the chick by color? Any chance with mine?
  2. CarolynF

    CarolynF Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2011
    Puget Sound
    My Coop
    Here's a link that might help you, it discusses several combinations.
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    No chance with the combination you describe. The hen needs to carry the dominant allele of a sex-linked gene (usually silver or barring) and the male needs to be pure for the recessive allele of that same gene (gold or not barred).
  4. tiffanya

    tiffanya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Thanks you very much for helping it make a bit more sense to me.

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