What Breeds Are Sex-Linked?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by duckboatprincess, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. duckboatprincess

    duckboatprincess Songster

    Apr 21, 2009
    Grand Blanc, MI
    There is a post further down wanting to know what a sex-linked is. So my question is which breeds are considered sex-linked? I've got EE eggs in the bator and just wondered if you could tell their sexes at hatching?

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No, you can't. You can with most barred breeds. Sexlinks are sexlinked, LOL. They go by many names depending on which two breeds were used to create the hybrid.
  3. duckboatprincess

    duckboatprincess Songster

    Apr 21, 2009
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Oh... okay. Just wondered. I kinda feel dumb now but no pain no gain right? Thank you.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You can make sexlinks from just about any rooster with a barred hen. I've had them with Silver Phoenix x BR, Cochin/Silkie x BR, EE x BR, etc. Males are barred and females are usually mostly solid colored. They may not be obvious right at hatch, but when they feather out, you'll know.
  5. RedStarDaddy

    RedStarDaddy Chirping

    Aug 18, 2009
    Seems to me the Legbars are sex-linked and true-breeding to boot. As a bonus, they lay blue or green eggs.

    Yep, the Legbar, Rhodebar, Welbar, and Wybar are listed in the British Standard (though not the American) and the Cream Legbar lays a blue-green egg. The Feather Site page on them is here. That page calls them "autosexing", though, not "sex-linked". The difference may be merely semantics or it may go deeper than that. For what it's worth, I got there from the "sex-linked" page at http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/Sex-links/BRKSexLink.html


  6. Kiwi Chicky

    Kiwi Chicky Songster

    Jul 18, 2009
    Te Awamutu, NZ
    I have ee x barred rock roo, will these be sex linked?
  7. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    Quote:If the Barred Rock is the rooster, no. A BR rooster gives a copy of the barring gene to all of his offspring, rather than a female BR who only give it to her sons, which is why any non-barred rooster crossed with a barred hen will produce sex-links.
  8. HBuehler

    HBuehler Songster

    Jun 30, 2009
    Lebanon TN
    We use our RIW(Rhode Island White) and RIR for a red sex link.Males hatch white and the females hatch out a redish buff
    We also have black sex links RIR and BR next year we will be using some of our NH's and Delaware's for some sex links.
  9. so if i take a RIR roo and breed him to a barred hen, i would get a sexlinked??

  10. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    I have delawares. They're a barred and columbian breed.

    I have also a splash roo and a birchen roo - sizzles.

    When the splash or birchen roo get to a delaware hen - I get barred boys and solid girls.

    When the delaware roo gets to a partridge rock hen the colors are also significantly different, because the silver in delawares and the gold in partridge rock differentiate between the sexes.

    Some colors also show up sexual differences quickly - true breeding wheatens, and in marans - golden cuckoo chicks are usually sexually dimorphic enough to tell.

    Genetics is fun. If a tad complicated.

    There are all sorts of ways to create sex links.

    Using either barred genes or silver/gold

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