What is 'breeding true'?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Hannah11, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. Hannah11

    Hannah11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2012
    Bluff, New Zealand
    Hey everyone, just wondering what breeding true means, i keep coming across the term. I have just hatched a sex link cross and heard they don't breed true.

  2. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 25, 2008
    Northern KY
    Breeding true means that a given bird when bred to another bird of its type will reproduce the same type.

    A "sex link" bird is actually the product of two different breeds of birds. There's a great long thread right here on BYC that speaks to this topic at length, so I won't reinvent the wheel, as it were. See it here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/261208/sex-linked-information

    But the bottom line is, if you breed two Golden Comets to each other, for example, you won't wind up with Golden Comet offspring (or Cherry Eggers, or Black Stars, or whatever.)

    Hope this helps.

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