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