Which hen to use?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by philsphamily, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. philsphamily

    philsphamily New Egg

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    I have a Barred Rock roo and four hens, a Barred Rock, a Black sex-link, a Rhode Island Red, and a Buff Orpington. The Barred hen is smallish so I'm thinking about crossing. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Ideas for what? What's your goal? If you just want mutts, choose whatever you want. If you're eyeing a certain color or something, or perhaps another trait, . . .
     
  3. aShMaNv

    aShMaNv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well Illia just said, it depends on what you are wanting. If you are looking for pure bred barred rocks breed her or if she really is too small you could maybe pick up another barred rock hen from somewhere. If you just have your chickens for eggs and dont care about the breeds, you could breed the rooster to the RIR hen and make more black sex links. (granted the rooster is a true barred rock and the hen is a true RIR) They are good layers. And they are sex linked so you would know right away if the chicks are pullets or roosters.
     
  4. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually, it really needs to be a RIR rooster over a barred rock hen to get black sex links. This cross produces sex link chicks because a barred hen can only pass the barring gene on to her sons, thus all male chicks will be barred and all female chicks will be "solid" (with some leakage). A barred rock rooster over a RIR hen will just give you barred chicks...both the males and females will be barred, you won't be able to tell them apart until the secondary sex characteristics (saddle/hackle feathers, bigger combs, sparring, crowing, etc) start to develop.
     
  5. aShMaNv

    aShMaNv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my goodness i cant believe i got that backwards!!! What a brain fart!! Im acting like my polish hen.. dumb!! lol [​IMG] thanks for the catch AinaWGSD. Yes it does have to be a RIR rooster over a BR hen.
     

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