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Golden Sex Link

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Pros: Friendly, hardy, and the best egg-layers around

Cons: None

I recently did some math to see if our five Golden Comets were earning their keep. During the summer I got five eggs per day, every day, and in the winter with no additional lighting I still got four. Assuming they produced an average of 31 eggs per week, that's 124 per month and 1488 per year! Considering a dozen eggs at the grocery store are about three dollars, that's at least $372 in eggs from five hens. It cost maybe $120 to feed them for a year. So these ladies saved us $250 dollars, or $50/each. 

 

Plus, they're really pleasant birds. Ours free-range and are very good at foraging. They like to run up to me if I set foot outside, just in case I'm bringing them a treat, and they form a little posse to follow me around the property. Just awesome birds all around, and I'd recommend them to first time owners or those in the egg business with no hesitation. 

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Pros: Sweet, curious, excellent layer, huge brown eggs, great forager

Cons: Prone to health problems

Had one for three years now and she's the sweetest bird.  She loves to be petted and held!  She's also been an excellent egg producer even through the winter.  Did have problems with crop impaction a few times and I've read these hybrids tend towards it.  Read this if you want to learn more about the issues these sweet girls have: http://www.animalwelfareapproved.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/TAFS-13-The-Prolific-Hen.pdf  I love mine but I'll never get one again. 

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Pros: Reliable layer, very large eggs, friendly

Cons: none, so far

 My 3 golden sex links lay reliably as well as very large eggs. We have had about a dozen double yolks since they started laying the middle of January. yesss.gif They are friendly and when free ranging, come running to me when I enter the back yard. I also have 3 barred rocks, and their eggs are not as large. If I'm short an egg or two, its usually one of the barred rocks taking the day off. (I know due to the size and shape of the eggs, although they are almost identical in color.) The barred rocks seem to be a little more friendly and curious than the golden sex links, but I really have no complaints with either breed. I'm having a blast with my chicks!

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Pros: Docile and beautiful as pets

Cons: Prone to health issues. Be prepared to lose 50% of your flock in the first couple of years.

Mine are almost 3 years old now. I got 6 hens when they were point of lay. They are very lovely birds with beautiful personalities, however we've had a lot of health issues.

 

1 death at about 12 months old due to complications through sour crop - lots of vet treatments, but she didn't make it.

No more eggs laid at about 18-24 months old from any bird. Eggs started becoming soft shelled and easily broken before this.

1 death about about 2 years old due to egg peritonitis - we had to have her euthanised

1 incident with sour crop at about a month ago - vet bills around $200 included an overnight stay, and then we had to force fed for 4-5 days as she didn't restart eating once the initial issue was resolved. Barely got her through but she seems to be back to her normal crazy self.

1 more bird with confirmed egg peritonitis in early stage. We've paid for her to have a hormone implant to stop eggs forming and being laid inside her body. She has had a complication with an egg getting stuck to her inside and we're nursing her through it now. Her vet bills are more than $300 at the moment

 

Of my two "healthy" birds, one may have early stages of egg peritonitis as well, and the other goes through a really severe moult every year and loses all her feathers within a couple of days.

 

In summary. Really lovely birds, but very prone to issues. If I'd known about the issues now I wouldn't have bought them at the time, but now we're attached to them as pets. Egg peritonitis seems to be an issue in any breed that is getting mass produced and Sex Link/ Isa Browns are currently used in egg production here as they lay huge volumes in their first 1-2 years. This causes lots of issues with their little bodies and I'd rather slower egg production over a longer period of years and healthier birds that don't cost a fortune in vet bills.

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Pros: vigorous

Cons: prone to feather picking, unpleasent

I bought chicks from Ideal hatchery and they are now 6 weeks old. I had 13 goldens, 2 black sexlinks, and 10 americaunas.  The goldens are aggressive and seem determined to eat the americaunas. The americaunas are about one-third larger and yet the goldens methodically strip the back feathers from them, and if they draw blood watch out. Even with plenty of feed and reduced light they seem to have a strong drive to get that extra protein and it is hard to feel much affection for a little bit of fluff that is trying to eat another bit of fluff. I've tried separating out the most aggressive ones but with winter upon us I am short on warm places to keep them.  I sold 6 of the Americauns and 4 of the goldens to a friend and she had to separate them too--even when outnumbered the goldens were aggressive.So the take home message is don't mix with other breeds, be ready with Bluecoat, and bear in mind these may be great layers but specialized breeding means they may not have the normal chicken personality we small time owners like.  (They remind me a little of the Cornish cross, or Blobbies as we call them, big piggy dullards that are such gluttons I have little remorse when it's time for them to fulfill their destiny. Like the goldens, some of the normal chicken behavior is gone.)

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Pros: Excellent layers thy are nice fun well behaved a good chicken for a first timer and a very pretty bird.

Cons: Not much meat on them an that's it!

To everyone looking at egg layers these are it they are amazing, I love mine and wish I had 300 instead of 28. Not much meat but I was only looking for eggs. If you want meat you might throw in a barred rock or two jut so you get the best of both worlds. That's why I did and its working out perfectly.

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Pros: Lays early, Great egg size and frequency, good disposition

Cons: None

Our Golden Sex Link started laying at 17 weeks. She laid 4 double yolkers her first week, then two more a few weeks later. She has laid every single day since she started except for 2 days in 7 months, Her regular eggs are larger than the jumbo size ones at the store, and they are a darkish reddish brown, really nice color. She is not aggressive, but one of the top hens in the pecking order. She just has an air about her, the others bow to her, but she is not mean at all. She comes to me when I call her, and is very curious about people and quite friendly. We have been very pleased with her. I have heard these burn out faster than others, I have not had her that long so I could not say. But so far she has been great! She is by far the best layer we have. She lays her egg very predictably 1 hour after the lights come on every single morning, we have supplemented light for winter.

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Pros: Good Layer

Cons: Aggressive, Stupid even for a chicken,

My gold sex link is aggravatingly stupid. Spends several minutes pacing and trying to locate the door to the run after all my other birds have gotten inside when I try to lock them up. She gets aggressive and puffs up when approached, bites toes and hogs food, takes food out of other chicken's mouths, and eats eggs. I will be looking forward to making her into a soup.

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Pros: Good Layers, friendly

Cons: can be a bit skittish

I have 5 Golden Sex Linked hens that I purchased here when 7 weeks old. They started laying right about 6 1/2 mos old.  Consistently get 4 eggs per day from 5 hens. Eggs are golden brown and large. Hens are smaller than my White Plymouth Rock but eggs are same size. Tolerate Alaska's cold weather with a small radiant heater in coop and still laying when -10 degrees and inside coop is below 0 (water freezes if not plugged in).

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Pros: Great Layers, and Gentle Birds

Cons: None

The hens are big pretty layers, of huge brown eggs. some of the hens we have, lay eggs so big, that we can't close the carton. Great personalities, and great with kids.

Golden Sex Link
Description:

Imported originally from the Netherlands, this strain is used in over 60 countries worldwide. Capable of laying over 300 strong shelled eggs per year, the Golden Sex Link also known as the Bovan Brown is a very hearty bird that can withstand cold temperatures. When hatched, the males are a creamy white with the females colored in shades of red.

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DetailValue
Breed PurposeEgg Layer
CombSingle
BroodinessAverage
Climate ToleranceCold
Egg ProductivityHigh
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorBrown
Breed Temperament
Breed Colors/Varieties
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA Class
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Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Egg Layer


Comb: Single


Broodiness:


Climate Tolerance: Cold

 

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High


Egg Size: Large


Egg Color: Brown

 

Breed Temperament: Gentle

 

 

Breed Colors / Varieties: Golden/Black/Red/Comet

 

 

 

 

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