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Golden Sex Link


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. 


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:  I love mine but I'll never get one again. 


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.


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!



Pros: Large Eggs, Friendly, Low Cost, Efficient on Feed, Curious, Energetic, Loyal, No Health Problems, Not Overly Aggressive, Sweet

Cons: There is never enough of them, People get the wrong idea because of a few mean hens out there

My hens lay such large eggs that it sometimes is hard to shut to carton. They lay almost every single day. Only once in a great while one will skip. I have four hens who love to eat out of my hand Ace, Idis, Melisa, and Cydnee. Along with one rooster, Jack. There favorite treat are mealworms. I get them to jump and they will snatch it from my hand if I hold it right. My hens came from a woman-my mom to be exact who had a lot of other chickens. They where picked on and are pretty rough looking, but I am hoping that when the molt there feathers will grow back healthier. My rooster is not aggressive (anymore) twice he has tried to bow up on me but I stopped him right then with a couple of kicks across the yard. I have not had any more problems with him. I do have one cochin cross hen who is very nerves and gets pecked on when it comes to treats. When I pick them up they fuss very little and enjoy being petted. My hens eat very little for the amount of eggs and the size of eggs they lay. When I pick anything up they will run to me and start clucking begging for treats. I could pick up grass clippings and they would act like it was gold. When I let them out in the mornings they all rush out wings flopping like the coop is on fire. I have not had a single health problem with any of my hens. Every night when it gets reasonable dark my hens and the rooster will return to the coop to sleep. I love my hens so much!!! :weee 


Pros: vigorous

Cons: prone to feather picking, unpleasent

I bought chicks from Ideal hatchery in October 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.)


Follow-up: Here we are, well into summer and my sexlinks are wonderful layers. I'm impressed! They get along well with each other and seem to behave pretty much like other hens.  They don't wander much and seldom leave the immediate vicinity of the barnyard--I do miss my old Americana hen that learned to come all the way to the house to get treats and steal dog food. I suspect their caution means they are not very good foragers but on the other hand, my flower beds and garden are safe, and it was her tendency to explore that led to the Americana's untimely demise. Overall, I still hold with my advice to not mix these with other breeds, but they are attractive birds that lay well and seem quite healthy.


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.


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.


Pros: sweet and sociable disposition, beautiful, prolific laying - first to lay, one every day for first year, huge eggs

Cons: Poor quality eggs and health problems due to too much laying and too large of eggs.
I first want to mention that I only have one gold sex link chicken (Gold Star) and personality and appearance she is one of my favorites. She was the first of my babies to lay and from that day on she gave us eggs daily that became progressively larger, larger, until they were the size of duck eggs. The shells became paper thin, they were often irregular with a dark maroon spot at the apex. The maroon/red tissue is also in the egg which otherwise is great with gigantic yolks. Although "Star" gave us an egg a day for the first 6 months her laying decreased dramatically after that, to approximately one egg per week as she is now two years old. She stopped laying this winter which seemed to help the egg quality tremendously but if she lays more than two times a week - thin shells, dropped from perch, maroon spots. I realize my experience with one chicken hardly makes valid the experience of this variety, but I also am taking to heart the review provided by user: Haveandtohold, which you can find above in this topic. The link provided, which is supports the idea that this poor chicken has been genetically altered to a point that is harmful to them. I will not buy high production sex links.


Pros: Big eggs daily, tough, very friendly

Cons: None

I have one 3 year old and one 4.5 month old. They are very friendly with me. Sometimes they drive me nuts because they get in my way. My older one has been a bit aggressive with the younger chickens but not to the point I was worried. My older chicken did get sick once but she got better and all I did was give her medicated chick food(no vet). I get giant eggs from the older chicken every day and an egg every day from the younger one. Both of the hens have started laying weeks before the other chickens. I would recommend this breed to first time chicken owners. They are great layers and pets.

Golden Sex Link

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.

Breed PurposeEgg Layer
Climate ToleranceCold
Egg ProductivityHigh
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorBrown
Breed Temperament
Breed Colors/Varieties
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Egg Layer

Comb: Single


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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