The Lowdown on Red Sex Links
Here is some information about Red Sex Links.
There are many different laying breeds to choose from, but there is always the risk that you will end up with a rooster or two. Roosters can be hard to rehome, but this breed holds a simple solution and is perfect for people new to chicken keeping.
The red sex link (also known as Red Stars) is more of a hybrid than a breed. It was created through crossbreeding Rhode Island Reds, Columbian Whites and other popular breeds. Adult hens are reddish-brown to reddish-gold and have white-tipped neck feathers. The roosters have white, gold and brown feathers, often with very large combs.
The reason the red sex link is so popular is that newly hatched chicks can be immediately sexed by their colouring. Therefore, hens and roosters can be separated and the females sold as laying hens. The sexing results are about 97% accurate. Red sex links were also bred to produce a large amount of eggs until they are about two years old. They are widely used in egg farms and can be purchased from most sources. If handled from a young age, they will become friendly and tame towards humans.
Red sex links require sufficient calcium in their diet, sometimes more than other breeds such as Orpingtons or Australorps. Their egg production slows dramatically after around two years but they will produce some eggs as they age.
Also keep in mind that they can be very aggressive towards new additions to the flock and it can be virtually impossible to integrate new chickens. As with all chickens, sufficient space is important and overcrowded conditions can result in bullying.
But all in all, this breed is a good choice for those new to chicken keeping. Enjoy your chicken experience!
- - Nutcase
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