Day Old Black Sex Link Baby Chicks
Hatching February to July.
If you want chickens that lay lots of brown eggs, and that are distinguishable as male or female upon hatching, Black Sex Link Chicks are the way to go!
Production: You can expect as many as 300 brown eggs per year, per hen from Black Sex Links. They are primarily kept as laying birds, although many people raise them as dual purpose birds.
Temperament: Black Sex Links are hardier than many breeds. Many owners report that Black Sex Links are a bit less aggressive than Rhode Island Reds.
History: Sex linked chickens are hybrids - a cross between two standard breeds - and they do not breed true. That is, if you breed a male Black Sex Link with a female Black Sex Link, you will not get sex linked chicks.
APA Class: Not recognized; hybrid
Color Description: There are two types of sex linked chickens: Black Sex Linked and Red Sex Linked. Black Sex Links are derived from breeding a male Rhode Island Red with a Barred Rock Hen. When the chicks hatch, each male will have a patch of white feathers on his head. Otherwise, chicks will be all black.
As they grow, they will likely develop some patches of reddish feathers, and the black feathering will have a slightly greenish tint or sheen.
There are several benefits to keeping Sex Linked Chickens. They tend to be very hardy, and forage well. They are also, as we have mentioned, excellent egg layers.
Body Type: As the off-spring of Rhode Island Reds and Barred Rocks, Black Sex Links tend to have similar body types. However, because they are hybrids, or cross-breeds, instead of standard breeds, there is quite a bit of variation.
Weight: Cockerel 8 lbs, Pullet 6 lbs