surprise chick colors

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by smarsh, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. smarsh

    smarsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand the sexlink/silver gene thing, that is why I am surprised to get so many light colored chicks out of the parents.

    I posted a picture of the red (orange) barred rooster on here lately. The mothers are either barred or black sex link (at least in appearance), their actual heritage is unknown. anyway of 8 chicks hatched only half are black, the others are light redish in color. I know that a production red and barred hen produces no red chicks, and i suspect the same from a black sex link hen too.

    can someone explain to me how i am getting these light colored chicks from this cross?
     
  2. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    both parents are gold based. The light chickdown probably is from the wheaten gene (lack of chipmunk stripes).
     

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