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! The parents of our Black Sex Links are Rhode Island Red roosters and Barred Rock hens.
Black Sex Links are hardier than many breeds. Many owners report that Black Sex Links are a bit less aggressive than Rhode Island Reds.
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
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.
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.
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