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Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

February 12, 2014
4:42 PM

Post #9768074

I'm looking to place an order for Red Star Sex Link chicks, and I have a question...

The chicks are a cross between a Rhode Island Red rooster and a Delaware hen, producing an excellent egg layer. My question is, will the [next generation] of chicks be excellent egg layers too? I know they'll loose the
'sex link' characteristic, but I'm more concerned about whether egg production characteristics will hold true if I have a Red Star sex link rooster (from this batch of chicks) mate with a Red Star sex link hen (also from this batch of chicks). ...I hope I explained that clearly. :-S

Glenda

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 12, 2014
4:49 PM

Post #9768077

The first cross is a hybrid just like a say, tomato plant.
A hybrid X a hybrid could turn out anything. It won't resemble the parents.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

February 12, 2014
5:32 PM

Post #9768100

I would not expect the next generation to be as amazingly productive as the sex links, but as all the breeds involved are good egg layers, the next generation should be too. I will be interested to learn what you get!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 12, 2014
5:46 PM

Post #9768112

This might be it.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1349870/
Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

February 12, 2014
6:17 PM

Post #9768138

It's ok if the [chicks of the chicks] don't resemble their parents, appearance-wise.
I'm wondering will the chicks of the sex link chicks I buy, retain an excellent laying ability?
...I apologize if this is a dumb question.
Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

February 12, 2014
6:21 PM

Post #9768140

Thanks Porkpal!! :-) I'll keep you posted...
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

February 13, 2014
4:01 AM

Post #9768269

I agree with porkpal,those are all good egg layers
Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

February 14, 2014
1:43 AM

Post #9768866

Well, I made a decision...

Because I want to incubate eggs to hatch my own chicks in the future, and I want to keep the excellent characteristics of the breed, I've decided that my new flock will be Rhode Island Reds, a good, dependable, time-tested breed. This way I'll know what I'm going to get in future chickens.

Thanks friends!!
:) Glenda

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 14, 2014
6:05 AM

Post #9768944

Good choice.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 14, 2014
6:08 AM

Post #9768946

Good luck with you new flock! Rhode Island Reds are cool.
Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

February 14, 2014
11:07 AM

Post #9769180

Years ago, I had 2 RIR hens. Their names were Eunice and Ethel, and they were the nosiest hens I've ever seen. I couldn't work on a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g without them sticking their beaks into my business, trying to see "what's going on??" They kept me laughing all the time...
I ordered 33 females and 2 males today! They'll ship March 10th... Can't wait! :)
porkpal
Richmond, TX

February 14, 2014
11:53 AM

Post #9769210

In my experience, if you order 35 pullets you will get 3 or 4 roosters anyway...
Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

February 21, 2014
1:26 AM

Post #9773511

The odds are good, Pork Pal. LOL

I'm getting them from Mc Murray Hatchery again; just like last time. Last time I ordered 33 females and 2 males, and that's exactly what I got! Imagine MY surprise! ;) lol
Guess we'll see how well the folks do in the "sexing dept" this time around! :-D

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