Sexing Q, could they be sex linked in someway?

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Sexing Q, could they be sex linked in someway?

Post by Woodland Hen » 24 Oct 2013, 16:00

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I have 11 growers that hatched a while back ( I can't remember when :shock: ) I am having trouble sexing them. I have taken 3 lots of photos now to put on here none of which are very good, so just wondering from their very mixed parentage if we can tell.

Dad was a pure rir. Mum was a cracking layer, she was from a partridge Wyandotte hen and a barred Plymouth rock cock after a hen went broody last spring and arrived back in the yard with 16 chicks. Mum was barred with a cushion comb.

When they hatched there were 4 black chicks, 2 white chicks and 5 ginger ones. The 2 white ones are def males, they sport mums cushion comb. 3 black ones are female and now look like blackrocks with a single comb, the other black chick looks barred and is male again cushion comb. The ginger ones have me stumped. I Was pretty sure they were all girls but am now not so sure. All the ginger ones have a single comb.

Could the single/ cushion comb be sex linked in this way?


If I can figure out how to get pics off my iPad I will put them on!
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Re: Sexing Q, could they be sex linked in someway?

Post by CP » 25 Oct 2013, 02:39

As far as I am aware, the comb has nothing to do with them being male or female. ;) And I think you can only get a 'sex-link' with both parents being pure breeds.
Hopefully someone with more knowledge will confirm/deny this! :|
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Re: Sexing Q, could they be sex linked in someway?

Post by son of eddy » 25 Oct 2013, 09:03

I think CP has right. But as for sexing see this thread - http://forums.thepoultrykeeper.co.uk/vi ... 34#p386234

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Re: Sexing Q, could they be sex linked in someway?

Post by Woodland Hen » 25 Oct 2013, 09:31

Oh well. May try again with pics, they must be at least 12 weeks old. Fairly sure they are girls but there are just 2 who confuse me, slightly more developed wattles and comb, but still relatively fine legs and hackle/ tail feathers somewhere in between rounded and pointy, but the 3 I think are girls are the same. I suppose another 4 weeks and it will be obvious. If I have got 8 girls they at least 3 will be looking for a new home.
These have proved as hard to sex as the light sussex, but I got those right so maybe I should just trust my judgement.
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Re: Sexing Q, could they be sex linked in someway?

Post by Hen-Gen » 25 Oct 2013, 21:48

Your hen is sired by a Barred Rock. Therefore she is both silver and barred. The RIR father is gold and unbarred. This is therefore a double, sex linked mating. Anything silver or barred is male. Anything unbarred or gold is female. Combs are not sex linked so these can be randomly distributed between the sexes.
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Re: Sexing Q, could they be sex linked in someway?

Post by Woodland Hen » 26 Oct 2013, 19:21

Hurray! Thanks hen-gen 7 pullets 3 cockerels, the kind of ratio I like!
Barred Plymouth Rocks, Silver Pencilled and Partridge Wyandottes, 24 cows, 10 sheep, 3 horses, a cat, a dog..........always knackered!

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