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Black Sex Link chicken


Pros: Gentle, good layers, large brown eggs

Cons: None

I have 4 BSL hens and their 1st year laying we got over 1000 eggs! they went into 2nd fall molting and came out laying 1 egg a day per hen! so we expect to get over 1000 eggs again this year. I am very pleased with them. we replaced our buffs with BSL and it was worth it!yippiechickie.gif


Pros: Good egg-layers,sweet, tame

Cons: None

I have two nine-year old BSLs and they are still laying. They get along well with other chickens and are are tame, sweet,and lovely chickens.


Pros: Attractive, friendly, intelligent and not afraid to strut her stuff and tell you what she thinks. Good egg layer.

Cons: None that I have found.

Our BSL, Pepper is cheeky and sweet. She lays medium brown eggs (she is only new to laying, so suspect they will get bigger). She is a steady layer 5-6 a week, even at this early stage of her laying life.

She does babble a bit. I call it her talk. She has a cute squeaky voice. She isn't just a chicken to us, she is part of the family. She lets us know what is going on and loves human attention.


Pros: Friendly, Affectionate, Super Layer, Beautiful

Cons: Very Vocal

We've had amazing luck with the BSL.  Super Layer but sometimes they get egg bound.  Lost one last winter because we didn't recognize the signs quickly enough.  BSL's are very curious, social chickens.  Ours are the first to greet us and the most vocal.  Sometimes annoyingly vocal.  They can be demanding when they want attention (assuming they're hand raised) and love to be held.  We have incredibly cold winters and some severe hot summers and the BSL's just take it in stride.


Here's a picture of our Layla (named her that because she's such a good layer)


Pros: friendly, curious, very entertaining

Cons: so far, I can't find any cons

I purchased 4 peeps and they have turned out to be the best chicks ever! Granted I am fairly new at this and they are still not fully grown (about 9 weeks old), but they are so friendly.  they perch on my finger.  they are extremely curious and will come right up to you when you open the door to the coop.  They are also very entertaining.  I would definitely recommend these to anyone but especially to someone just starting out.  Can't wait til they start laying.


Pros: Good, reliable layers of large brown eggs; can be docile; don't really go broody, which can be a con;

Cons: Don't really go broody;

I got my Black Sex Link Chicken from Atwoods. She was such a pretty little baby, and I always enjoyed finding her lovely brown eggs. She was killed by a dog a few months ago, though. She will be missed. Read more here ----------------->


RIP Pigeon...


Pros: funny, good layers, good size

Cons: bold, loud

  Pretty Girl!



  With her "sisters"







Of all my girls, Sharon by BSL, was my favorite.  She was a little agressive at first (we adopted her at 4 months), but she quickly became a wonderful companion and entertainer.  Her eggs were medium brown with little dark brown spots, a good medium size, and layed about 5 times a week. All though she was the smallest of a 5 girls flock (others Americaunas and EE's) she ruled the roost.  She kept the others in line with an occasional pecking, but they all went where she went and did what she did.  There was no shyness in her, she was always the first to run to me when I came in the yard and not afraid to come right up and meet new people.  For my chicken fearing friends, she was a little to bold (she would follow relentlessly, sometimes chase, but never with agression).


The only downside for a truly backyard flock is that she was very vocal and would not hesitate to jump the 8 foot fence when neighbors were out to go visit with them (luckily they didn't mind, but it could have been a bad situation depending).  We ended up loosing her to what I believe was an intestional blockage from a piece of plastic bag she found while scratching for worms.


We just got a new BSL chick for the 2013 season.  So far very hardy, and obviously CUTE!


I would highly recommend this breed to anyone.


Pros: Super layers, hardy, nice looking birds

Cons: N/A

We got 24 of the BSL's back on the first of September and I've been very pleased with them.  They were 14 weeks old when we got them.  They replaced my old flock of Golden Comets who were spent and they started laying right at 26 weeks right after Thanksgiving.  Super layers.  It's late January now and they're probably about 34 weeks old now.  We're getting close to 100% egg production with 20 to 22 eggs each day.  I'm betting by early spring they will be at 100%.  They lay extra large to jumbo sized brown eggs.  They're everything the Golden Comets were when it comes to egg laying.  And I think with the ginger colored markings around the neck capes they are a really nice looking bird.  They're friendly and tolerate the four guineas who are in the run with them.  








Pros: Great Layer, Beautiful Feathers

Cons: Very Loud, Bossy, Tears Up Yard, Aggressive Toward Other Hens

I love my BSL, she lays a beautiful pink egg every day BUT she is a bully and rips my yard to shreds. I probably won't get another one though. She is just too much for my flock


Pros: talkative, docile,curious, easy to handle, entertaning

Cons: none

I have 10 BSL and 1 RSL and I got them at 4 days old. They are now 26 weeks  and they started laying at 22 weeks. I now get at least 8 eggs a day. I have banker chicks as they seem to lay around mid-day. I know this as they crackle real loud when they lay! They greet me everyday when I feed them or give them a treat and huddle around my feet almost tripping me! I have learned not to wear open toed shoes when in their pen as they will peck my toes if I'm not fast enough with their treats or feed! They will follow me all around their pen until I put down the treat! I love their personalities and have not named them as I can't tell them apart! Would recommend them to anyone.

Black Sex Link chicken

Black sex-link (also called Black Stars) are a cross between a Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire rooster and a Barred Rock hen. Both sexes hatch out black, but the males have a white dot on their heads. Pullets feather out black with some red in neck feathers. Males feather out with the Barred Rock pattern along with a few red feathers. Black Sex-Links are often referred to as Rock Reds or Black Stars. They are planned crosses, which are hardier and more productive than their parents' respective breeds. The Sex Link Hybrid is the result of crossing two purebred standard breeds. This hybrid makes for very vigorous chicks, rugged brown egg laying hens and good cockerel fryers. These are extremely high in demand from our Asian community. Black Sex Links lay brown eggs. Class: Crossbreds Egg Color: Brown Conservation Status: Not applicable to crosses.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorLight brown
Breed TemperamentDocile, friendly
Breed Colors/VarietiesBlack with green sheen
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Climate Tolerance
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Meat

Comb: Single

Broodiness: Average

Climate Tolerance: All


General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium

Egg Size: Small

Egg Color: Cream


Breed Temperament: Docile, Kind



Breed Colors / Varieties:





Breed Details:

SOme are Broodier than others, can be skittish





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