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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: Amazing layers of XXXL eggs, ranging from light to dark brown. Hardy and great foragers.

Cons: EXTREMELY bird aggressive. Not friendly with people and generally skittish/aggressive. Loud.

Though my birds were great layers, I will NEVER have them in any flock ever again. These birds are highly aggressive and they'll be your #1 source of feather picking, bullying, and cannibalism problems in the flock - unless, that is, you've got Delawares, Orloffs, or especially RIR.


The birds might not be that bad with other aggressive breeds that can tumble with them - but I'll never take on the stress of owning them again.

DO NOT BUY THESE BIRDS FOR MIXED FLOCKS. You'll be walking into a world of hurt!


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: HUGE eggs, friendly personalities, awesome free-rangers, earn their keep

Cons: aggressive to less dominiant breeds

I LOVE my black sex-links. If I was going to have one hybrid for the rest of my life, this would be it. We got four BSL and four CQ chicks, and all of them were super easy to raise. They matured quickly and started laying right around 16wks. We had one that would lay eggs 75 grams +, EVERY SINGLE TIME SHE LAID. If Batgirl laid a 50 gram egg, we considered it a wind egg ;). The other three laid extra large eggs as well, especially considering that they weren't as big as some of the other chickens we've had. Besides the fact that they are amazing layers, I LOVE their personalities. We had one named Ninja, and every time she saw a person she would totally blow her cover and come running for treats. I'd say the worst thing aboutthem is that they can be pretty nasty at night, but not as bad as I had heard they can be. I will definitely be getting this breed again.


Pros: lays at least an egg a day, even in the winter

Cons: sassy, but no cons

We adopted our BSL hen three years ago when a friend couldn't keep her.  She lived through an outbreak of respiratory disease that killed almost all of the other chickens and also survived a vicious husky attack.  She is a small, grizzled thing, but I love her.  She loves to eat insects that dare to venture near her and is fairly good with people.  She lets me pet her sometimes, but mostly she just wants to be in the front of the line if there's any food to be had.  She's the alpha hen in our thirteen member flock, but she's not mean like our Australorp.  She's more like a grouchy, elderly neighbor lady.  She minds her own business, but will peck anyone who comes to close to her.  This is a great breed to have if you want a very consistent layer of light brown, medium sized eggs


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...

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
Climate ToleranceCold
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorLight brown
Breed TemperamentDocile, friendly
Breed Colors/VarietiesBlack with Orange Penciling in the hackle
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassAmerican
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:

Roosters resemble Barred Rocks with some Orange in the breast feathers.

Hens are black with Orange penciling in the hackle




Breed Details:

Some are broodier than others, can be skittish





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