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Silver Genes

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SunnySideUpGUAM, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. SunnySideUpGUAM

    SunnySideUpGUAM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im not too sure if anyone has asked yet, but is there any breed that all hens are for sure a silver gene hens? Is there a way to tell if a white hen is a river hen? Or do you always have to test each white hen first before using her to create a red sex link?
     
  2. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens that carry a silver gene include Delawares, Columbian Wyandottes, Columbian Plymouth Rocks, Light Brahmas, Silver Leghorns, Rhode Island Whites, Light Sussex, Dark Brahma, and Silver-Laced Wyandottes. Here's a great thread that provide breeding information on breeding Red and Black Sex-Links with charts indicating what can be used in crosses: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/261208/sex-linked-information
     
  3. SunnySideUpGUAM

    SunnySideUpGUAM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks blackberry I'm thinking delawares, but are some Rhode Island Whites dominant or recessive white?
     
  4. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not for sure on that, but they would have to recessive, because dominant white can't work in a sex-linked cross (all the offspring would be white, assuming the hen is homozygous for white. Heterozygous might work on a couple of birds, but in either case, the breeder would probably think he hatched all males [​IMG]).
     
  5. SunnySideUpGUAM

    SunnySideUpGUAM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ill probably try the delawares or light sussex before a straight white bird!
     
  6. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Makes sense, you'll probably end up with better Sex-Links!
     
  7. SunnySideUpGUAM

    SunnySideUpGUAM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nice thanks!
     

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