Speckled Sussex Roo over.....

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by shamrockmommy, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. shamrockmommy

    shamrockmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone put a SS too over any of these breeds and can you share pictures? Buff Orpington, Easter Egger and Golden Laced Wyandotte?

    My SS turned out to be a roo instead of a hen, and I'm going to keep him, mostly because he's so incredibly sweet, and partly to smite my stupid neighbor and their barking dog! LOL

    It would be a small breeding project to replenish my laying flock and fun for the kids to hatch chicks. My goal would be body type like the sussex and temperament, and fun splash of color, like the Swedish Flower hen or the Aloha Hen. :)

    Particularly interested to see what happens with the SS over the GLW.

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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  2. shamrockmommy

    shamrockmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bump! ! Anyone?
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    What color is your Easter Egger? Is she a gold-based color, or silver? If she's silver, then you will have some red sexlink chicks.
    I can tell you that since the speckled gene is recessive (requiring 2 copies to express), the chicks will most likely not be speckled. You can breed his female offspring back to him, and that will give you at least a few speckled chicks.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Hate to rain on your parade, but that speckling is recessive [​IMG]. I put a few SS hens in my flock a few years ago, also wanting to get that splash of color in the offspring. Nada.

    Under that specking, your SS rooster is red/mahogany, so if you find crosses of your hens with a good RIR rooster, that's pretty much the color you're going to get. The white skin of the Sussex is dominant, so most of your chicks will have that.
     
  5. shamrockmommy

    shamrockmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My EE is gold
    I'm ok with no specked but since a GLW is laced I was wondering what they might look like.
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    You may get a few chicks with lacing from your Wyandotte. It might not be quite as crisp as a purebreds' lacing, and it would be interesting to see if the get the rooster's mahogany red tone. The female chicks bred back to him should yield some gorgeous birds.
     

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