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What cross breeds do you think?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by debakadeb, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. debakadeb

    debakadeb Songster

    Apr 8, 2008
    SW Indiana
    I have three black sexlinks. I noticed that they are getting a lot of dark green feathers towards their tail. This doesn't show up in a picture. What breeds have those dark green feathers?
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    from feathersite

    Both Red and Black Sex-Links use a red male for the father. Either a Rhode Island Red or a New Hampshire may be used.

    Black Sex-Links are produced using a Barred Rock as the mother. Both sexes hatch out black, but the males have a white dot on their heads. Pullets feather out black with some red in neck feathers. Males feather out with the Barred Rock pattern along with a few red feathers. Black Sex-Links are often referred to as Rock Reds.

  3. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    I'm not sure which breeds were used in my black sex-link pullets, but they are getting some blue-green-black feathers too. I think they will be very pretty when they get full grown. Mine are only about 6 weeks old.

    I just looked mine up...they came from Cackle Hatchery. They said they use a Rhode Island Red roo and a Barred Rock hen. Maybe that pretty blue-green-black color comes from the RIR's tail!!!
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2008
  4. DTchickens

    DTchickens Crowing

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    pretty much any blacks will have a green looking tail (in sunlight.. ) its the oil and stuff.. I could be completely off of what your talking about though..
  5. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    Black sex links are always a cross between a Rhode Island Red, or New Hampshire Red roo and a Barred Rock Hen. Just as Miss Prissy posted. Blacks always have a green sheen to their tails, atleast the pretty ones.
  6. debakadeb

    debakadeb Songster

    Apr 8, 2008
    SW Indiana
    Thank you, everyone! I actually was beginning to think maybe my sex link was a sex link crossed with another breed. Yes, it is the sun that is making it have a green sheen to it. In all my research on sex links, I had not seen that and of course, it doesn't show in pictures.

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