Whats a sex link?

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  1. sethsleader

    sethsleader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whats a sex link? And no rude jokes please. [​IMG]
     
  2. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    Sex link is also known as a hybrid. 2 different breeds of chickens are bred and can tell what is pullet and what is roo at time of hatching by color.
     
  3. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    certain breeds can be bred togther to produce chicks that can be sexed by color.
     
  4. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Usually a red male chicken (often RIR) is bred to a female white chicken (like a Delaware) to create a sex-link.

    Some have brand names at the hatcheries including Red Star, Black Star, ISA Brown, Hubbard, Gingernut Ranger, Comet, Cinnamon Queen. Here are the most common hybrids and the crosses used to make sex links in the hatcheries.

    Black Star/Black Sex Link:
    New Hampshire Red X Barred Rock.
    Rhode Island Red X Barred Rock

    Red Star/Red Sex Link:
    RIR X Delware. RIR X White Leghorn.
    RIR X Rhode Island White. Production Red X Delaware

    Cinnamon Queen:
    New Hampshire Red X Silver Laced Whyandotte

    Golden Comet/ Gold Sex linked:
    New Hampshire Red X White Rock.
    RIR X Rhode Island White.

    Gingernut Ranger (found in the U.K.):
    RIR X Light Sussex

    There are also autosexing breeds like the Plymouth Barred Rock. Normally the two sexes of pruebred BR can be distinguished at hatch by a mark on their head.
     

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