These are a cross of a Rhode Island Red Rooster and a Delaware hen. Sex Link Chickens are most often purchased because you can easily tell males from females at a very young age.
Production: These birds are dual-purpose - they grow well enough to be good meat producers and are also excellent layers. You can expect as many as 300 eggs per year from each hen.
Temperament: Red sex link hens are calm and friendly. They seem to be very very domesticated.
History: Sex-Linked chickens are hybrids, rather than true breeds. In other words, if you have a Red Sex Link male and a Red Sex Link female, they will not produce Red Sex Link chicks. While some may find that their inability to breed true is an undesirable factor, the truth is that Red Sex Link birds end up with excellent qualities from both parents.
Generally, these hybrids have the capacity to lay a large number of eggs - usually more than the breeds of either parent lay. They are popular due to their productivity, their hardiness, and the fact that males and females can be separated easily, while they are very young.
Colors: Red Sex Links vary in color from a medium red to a light red color.
Livestock Conservancy Status: not a pure breed.
Body Type: Clean legs, single comb, standard-sized.
Standard Weights: Rooster 8.5 lbs, Hen 6.5 lbs, Cockerel 8 lbs, Pullet 6 lbs
APA Class: Not recognized.