What kind of hens will make sex link chicks with red roosters?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MaresNest, May 25, 2012.

  1. MaresNest

    MaresNest In the Brooder

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    Having just had my fears confirmed that my two RIR pullets are, in fact, Production Red cockerels, I'm wondering what kinds of hens, other than Barred Rocks, will make sex link chicks with my boys. I already have 2 BR's and will now need to get at least 2 more hens in order to replace the pullets that turned out to be cockerels. I certainly love my BR's, so I could just get more of those. But I'm interested to know what other sorts of chickens might work. Buff O's? We do have hawks around, so I'd like to avoid any pure white hens.
     
  2. A silver(white) is used under a red (gold) rooster to make Red Sex Links. A Barred Rock is used under a red (gold) rooster to make Black Sex Links.

    However, if the parent stock isn't pure bred, the cross can produce a strange conglomeration of chicks that will be difficult to sex.
     
  3. MaresNest

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    Ah. Ok. So, are you saying that in order to avoid having white hens, Barred Rocks are the only option for getting sex link chicks with red roosters? Thanks for your help!
     

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