sexlink questions.. please help

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by augiedranch, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. augiedranch

    augiedranch Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    i do not know anything about sex link chickens.

    for example: what are gold sex links crossed with.. what do they look like

    what are red sex links crossed with

    what about blk sex links

    what other sex links are out there?

    any help would be awesome! thanks guys

    also, can the sex links still be sex links if the dad is a xxx and the mom is a ooo

    or does the dad always have to be a x and the mom always a o?

    ex rir rooster crossed with a leghorn hen

    i dont know if that makes anything... just wondering...
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State

    Now you do.

    Quote:RIR Sire X Rhode Island White (RIW) Dame

    Quote:RIR x Leghorn

    Quote:RIR x Barred Rock (I personally love these and make them myself)

    Quote:Anything using a red sire can conceivably make a sex link. I get "Practical Poultry" from England and looking at their ads and see all the different names they have, too.

    Quote:explain to me what the x's and o's are

    Quote:Which is a red sex link, red star, red coment, red *, etc.
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    This was REALLY helpful...I was wondering the same thing! Thanks!
  4. augiedranch

    augiedranch Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    wow GREYFIELDS your very helpful! [​IMG]

    the xs and os were examples of rir male and leghorn female.. can it be a leghorn male and a rir female?

    thanks so much
  5. ella

    ella Songster

    The male has to me the red/gold one, doesn't work the other way around. [​IMG]

    But there's more!

    The gold to silver cross. Mating a gold male such as Rhode Island Red, Buff Rock, Buff Leghorn, Buff Orpington, Red or Buff Sussex to silver hens such as Light Sussex, Light Brahma or pure White Wyandotte, results in all the cockerel (male) chicks having whitish grey or pale brown down, whereas the pullets (females) have reddish-brown or buff down.

    Mating the hens mentioned above with black red type males like Old English or Modern Game, Welsummer, Brown Leghorn, Dark Cornish or Barnevelders gives very similar results, except the female chicks have brown stripes and markings. The male chicks have a lighter greyish colour with black and grey markings.

    The third cross involves non-barred males such as Australorp, Black Leghorn, Rhode Island Red or Ancona mated with barred females such as Plymouth Rocks or Cuckoo Leghorns.

    The resulting chicks are all black or dark brown with white underneath, but the females have dark brown or black heads, and the males all carry a whitish spot on the back of their heads.

    The fourth method relies on leg color, but as this is not always clearly defined in day old chicks, it is not as reliable. Mating dark legged males such as Silkies, Minorcas or Campines to females with light shanks such as Sussex, Leghorns or Wyandottes gives male chicks with pale legs and female chicks with dark legs.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2008
  6. augiedranch

    augiedranch Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    yall are really good at this!!! wow what i can learn!
  7. Monk

    Monk Songster

    May 10, 2009
    I have checked the Feathersite, they have pics of Red Sex Links and ISA Brown Sex Links. They look pretty much the same to me, what exactly is the difference? And what does 'ISA" stand for? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Think of red sex-link as a generic term (same with black sex-link). Isa Brown, Golden Comet and Red Star are brand name versions.
  9. ella

    ella Songster

    Wow, old post!

    ISA stands for Institut de Sélection Animale, who developed them. Hubbard is another company that developed a sex link cross.

    As far as I know there is no way to tell what exactly they used to make the specific crosses. My guess is the strains of chicken they use don't really match any known breeds but may be decended from Rhode Island Reds or Plymouth Rocks.
  10. tadkerson

    tadkerson Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    You can not produce a gold/silver sex link using a commercial leghorn. You would have to feather sex the chicks.

    What site or where does this incorrect information about leghorns being used in color sexing come from? I see it time and time again on this site.

    We need a sticky thread on sex links so people can go there and find their answers. This same question comes up two or three times a week.

    Last edited: Jun 21, 2009

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