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Written by Carole

Not a true breed, a planned cross-breed for hardiness and egg production, Sex Links are very popular…

and a friend gave me 15 biddies!
Black sex link chicks

According to wikipedia: Sex-links are cross-bred chickens whose color at hatching is differentiated by sex, thus making chick sexing an easier process. Sex-links come in many varieties, few of which are a true breed. As hybrids of laying or dual-purpose breeds infused with extra vigor via heterosis, sex-links can be extremely good egg-layers which often produce 300 eggs a year or more.

My husband had told me that he heard they were a cross between a Rhode Island Red and something else. Since I just received 15 of them I decided today would be a good day to research this breed and see exactly what kind of chickens they are.

From what I have read, Black Sex Links use a red male for the father (a Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire) and a Barred Rock hen as the mother. Red Sex Links are a cross between a Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire rooster and a White Rock, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Rhode Island White or Delaware hen. Another name for these chickens are Black Stars or Red Stars.

The baby Chicks are color sexed–males barred (black with light color on head) , pullets are black. This hybrid is known for healthy chicks that develop into hardy brown egg laying hens and good cockerel fryers.

When I received my fifteen chicks I was told they were all pullets but now that I have learned what to look for in the coloring I am out to the barn to check and make sure. Either way they were a gift so I have no problem with roosters either.  I look forward to the over abundance of eggs I will have in the near future as long as all these make it.

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26 Responses to “Chicken Breed Series #10–Sex Links”

  1. I have a Black Star and a Red Star. They by far are my favorite hens and egg laying machines. The Black Star is huge and lays dark brown eggs. The Red Star is very friendly and lays a little lighter brown egg. It was fun to learn more about them. I plan on getting more next spring.

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  2. Wendy, Good to hear from you and your testimony. I think it is amazing that you can tell the sex of the chick due to the cross-breeding. I checked all mine and based on what was written by others, I have all pullets. I’ll look forward to enjoying their eggs like you do.

    Come back soon!

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  3. I would like to know if i am able to breed my black sex link rooster with another black sex link hen and get black sex link chicks???

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    Tim Reply:

    No, they will not breed true.

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  4. Bob, Good question but from what I have read for a black sex link it is a male RIR and a female Barred Rock and based on that I would say no. But I am no chicken breeding expert so I really have no idea. Perhaps one of the readers will see your comment and have a better answer.

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  5. Bob,from what I have learned in my animal breeding classes you can breed your black sex link rooster with your black sex link hen and you will get a black sex link chick which has lost 50 percent of the original heterosis. The 50 percent heterosis will remain in subsequent generations and will never lessen. There will also be variations in colors, approximately %50 black, %25 RIR, % barred rock. I hope this helps.

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    Carole Reply:

    Steven, Thanks for the information. My friend has a black sex link rooster so I may try to breed some of my hens to him in the future.

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    Madelene Reply:

    I have Red Sex link hens and Buff orpington Roosters.
    Is it ok to hatch out some of their eggs to keep my flock growing and will this produce decent layers and healthy birds? Thanks !

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    Carole Reply:

    Madelene, I’m am not a good source for genetics information but in my opinion you can’t beat a Buff Orpington or Rhode Island Red (part of the cross of the red sex link) for egg laying purposes. I hatch my black sexlink eggs that came from a cross-mixed rooster and it turns out good laying hens with large eggs.

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    Madelene Reply:

    Hi, Im about to be a mom for the first time! My red sex linked hen should be hatching about 8 eggs next week. We have red sex linked hens and Buff orpington roosters. Can you give me some pointers on how to sex the chicks by color?
    thanks for your help! Madelene

  6. Hi Carole, I am concern about my three black sex link baby chickens that are only two weeks old. They look like they are losing there hair around the neck and down the back. I am worried but can’t find anything about what it might be. I don’t know if that is normal for this breed? No pecking going on either. They are inside my home staying safe and warm in Tennessee! Please Help if you can!
    Thanks A Bunch!!! Sincerely Patti Anne ~

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  7. Patti Anne–My sexlinks are now over five months but from what I remember they will shed some of the fuzzy for feathers and the skin beneath will show. You should be able to see a growth of feathers coming in where the fuzz has fallen out. Within two weeks they should have most of their feathering completed so this stage should not last too long.

    There are a lot of other sites that if it doesn’t appear to be going away I would check out. One would be Backyardchickens.com. This is a forum where you can ask or read questions from others about possible illnesses. Another great site is Poultryone.com. The moderator on it is very knowledgeable; I am always impressed by his answers.

    I hope I have been of some assistance to you. I’m glad you came to visit Fowl Visions and I hope you come again very soon.

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  8. We have red sex links and i love to incubate eggs. I was wondering what the offspring of a red sex link rooster and red sex link hen would be like.

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  9. Breeding sex link roosters to sex link hens will not produce a sex link
    type chick.
    Whether it is blk sex link to black sex link or red sex link to red sex link the offspring will not be sex link.

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    Carole Reply:

    Harry, Your right. The only way to get a Sex-link is by cross breeding.

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  10. How about cross-breeding a red sex link with pure Rhode island red or new hampshare red? Do you expect productivity to go down if the above are crossed?

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  11. Hi, I would just love to learn more about the different sex – link breeds and what their parent stock were. Not only am I interested in the known breeds of sex-links but also of those world wide. At the very least, if you could direct me to some web sites that would provide loads of information, that would be pretty swell.

    Thanks,
    bonnie

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    Carole Reply:

    Bonnie, When I am researching different breeds the first place I start is the Henderson Chicken Breed Chart. It gives me info on all the breeds and then I do a search on the web for further information into a certain breed.

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  12. Hi this helped me so much Thanks =D My fiance & I just bought 4 black sex links. We heard the males had a white spot on thier heads and females are all black. I was really hoping this information was true and it is. I already have 3 cornish rock hens and 3 roosters. They were raised together so suprisingly they all get along. I just didn’t want to introduce a new rooster. Thank you for your help =D

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  13. Hi, Im about to be a peep mom for the first time! My red sex linked hen should be hatching a pile of eggs in the next few days. We have red sex linked hens and Buff Orpington roosters. I Hope someone can tell me how to sex the chicks by color?
    thanks for your help! Madelene

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  14. I have a supposid red sexlink hen that is about 3 to four yeas old. i recently got a Huge Maran Rooster who was hatched in April. I was wattching him the other day and noticed that the red hen wouldent let the Maran alone. After futher observations I noticed that the Red Sexlink has spurs, the sharpest spurs ive ever seen. Now my question is, is this a rooster or a hen because it has never crowed. I will also gladly take any suggestions as of how to tell what it is.

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  15. I have a Rhode Island Red Rooster and a Black Sex Link Hen. I have hatched the eggs of this mixture. I am wondering what these chicks might be called? Some of the chicks are black and some are golden with black markings.

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    Brandon Reply:

    Kim,

    Hi, my name is Brandon. I have some eggs that should be hatching this weekend. What a wonderful time to hatch 3 eggs. One of which is a combination of RIR Rooster, and Black sex-link hen. I also have a RIR Rooster crossed with a Aracana hen. I cant wait to see them lay lg blue eggs! Any feed back would be great. Thanks Brandon 11/22/11

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  16. I have a Brown Leghorn Rooster and a Brown Leghorn Hen, they are brother and sister. I hatched chicks from the two and the chicks are now three month old and look nothing like a leghorn. Anyone know why. This is my first time to have chickens and don’t know what I am doing. They are beautiful chicks, just don’t look like a leghorn.

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  17. Our 25 Buff sexlinks showed up at our local postoffice this morning. We were excited, though drowsy, when the post master called at 5 AM and asked us to come and get the cute little ladies. This is our 2nd flock of chickens. We are super excited!

    Our first flock is still proving eggs- they’re not even a year old yet. That flock includes buff orpingtons, australorps and speckled sussex.

    Thanks for your post. It was very informative!

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