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The more i research, the more i look at birds... the more im growing partial to having this flock layout... What do yall think??

MULTIPLE Delawares for eggs, and eating
MULTIPLE Sex-Links for eggs and eating
MULTIPLE Barred Rocks for eggs, eating
A FEW Gold and silver laced Cochins for broody and looks
A FEW Silkies for broodys and looks
A FEW Ameraucanas for colored eggs
A FEW Black Copper Marans for dark eggs and roo for olivering eggs
1- Rhode Island Red Roo - in his own cage bc aggresstion and just for sex linking..
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That would be a nice mixed flock except you will likely have to keep the Silkies apart from the main flock or they will likely take a beating from the larger breeds. We had to separate our Silkies from our main flock and keep them in their own separate enclosure for that very reason. Also, I'm not quite sure why you would order both the sex links, and the RIR roo and Barred Rock and Delaware hens. If you are strictly wanting sex links for their incredible egg production, you could just order all sex link pullets from a hatchery and skip the RIR roo and Delaware and Barred Rock hens all together. If you are wanting to breed sex links, you can't breed them from your 1st generation sex links as sex links are hybrids which will not breed true. You can, of course breed your own Black Sex Links by crossing your RIR roo with your Barred Rock pullets, and your own Red Sex Links by crossing your RIR roo with your Delaware pullets. It thinking (based on your statement about using the RIR roo for sex linking) that you are wanting to purchase the sex links to boost your initial egg production; then for the next generation breed your own sex links using your RIR roo and your Barred Rock and Delaward hens. The bottom line is; if you are happy with that combination, then by all means go for it (keeping in mind again the warning about the Silkies smaller size).


Edited by Michael OShay - 10/25/15 at 6:28pm
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That would be a nice mixed flock except you will likely have to keep the Silkies apart from the main flock or they will likely take a beating from the larger breeds. We had to separate our Silkies from our main flock and keep them in their own separate enclosure for that very reason. Also, I'm not quite sure why you would order both the sex links, and the RIR roo and Barred Rock and Delaware hens. If you are strictly wanting sex links for their incredible egg production, you could just order all sex link pullets from a hatchery and skip the RIR roo and Delaware and Barred Rock hens all together. If you are wanting to breed sex links, you can't breed them from your 1st generation sex links as sex links are hybrids which will not breed true. You can, of course breed your own Black Sex Links by crossing your RIR roo with your Barred Rock pullets, and your own Red Sex Links by crossing your RIR roo with your Delaware pullets. It thinking (based on your statement about using the RIR roo for sex linking) that you are wanting to purchase the sex links to boost your initial egg production; then for the next generation breed your own sex links using your RIR roo and your Barred Rock and Delaward hens. The bottom line is; if you are happy with that combination, then by all means go for it (keeping in mind again the warning about the Silkies smaller size).

Good info on the silkies... as far as sex links go... i got 3 coming just for inital egg production.... after that i want to breed and hatch my own sex links... thats why i was wanting the roos and multiple breeds... just to hatch and sell for fun... probably do it with all of them... just figures it gibe options for good diversity
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... as far as sex links go... i got 3 coming just for inital egg production.... after that i want to breed and hatch my own sex links... thats why i was wanting the roos and multiple breeds... just to hatch and sell for fun... probably do it with all of them... just figures it gibe options for good diversity

I figured that was probably the case, but wasn't absolutely sure. Black Sex Links are my personal favorites as they are very friendly and hardy, egg laying machines. I raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids), and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 large brown eggs per hen per year with double yolks not being uncommon, and I have been especially impressed by their persistence in laying in really cold winter weather. I think you will really like them.

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I figured that was probably the case, but wasn't absolutely sure. Black Sex Links are my personal favorites as they are very friendly and hardy, egg laying machines. I raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids), and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 large brown eggs per hen per year with double yolks not being uncommon, and I have been especially impressed by their persistence in laying in really cold winter weather. I think you will really like them.

Fabulous to hear!  I am trying trying trying to get birds started...  slow process obtaining stock this time of year though..

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