What exactly are Sex-Link chickens?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Shrader, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. Shrader

    Shrader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought "sex-link" just meant that you can tell the difference between the males and females.
    Is it a breed unto itself?
     
  2. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
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    It just means you can tell the sex by the feather colors at hatch. [​IMG]
     
  3. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A sex link is a crossbred bird.
    Example: Rhode Island Red over a Barred Rock = Black sex link
    You can tell the sex of them easily as day olds
     
  4. Shrader

    Shrader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Got it! Thanks!
    SOmeone mentioned her "Black Sex-Links" and I didn't understand the reference.
     
  5. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    I think there are some sex-links that breed true. I'm not sure, check out feathersite.
     
  6. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can't breed sex link to sex link and end up with a true sex link chick. You end up with something new, just a mutt chicken.
     
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm not aware of any "true-breeding" sex links, except having read an article in Practical Poultry about some having been developed last century. But as far as I'm aware, it was just done at a university and the birds aren't around anymore.

    By the way, never google "Black Sex Link" without your search safe feature turned on. [​IMG]
     
  8. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]
     
  9. Shrader

    Shrader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ha ha, greyfields! I wanted to figure out how to tell the sex of a baby chick a few weeks ago.
    I thought there was some way to "show" which sex it was.
    So I innocently googled "chick sex show"! Ha ha ha!
    Quite a shocker.
     
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  10. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Breeds or lines "pure breeding" for chicks sexable at hatch often are called autosexing. Breeds ending in 'bar' are autosexing, such as Legbar, Welbar, Rhodbar etc. The auto sexing in chickens is simply a combination of several genetic traits that make for very pale roosters and darker hens.
     

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