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I'm new to chickens all together - so I didn't know what breed would suit us best. But knew that my grandparents always liked the Rhode Island Reds. Then I found some cheap hybrids - White Rock x Rhode Island Red. Those are what I ordered and will be getting in June.

Does anyone have or know much about this hybrid breed ? Pros and Cons ?
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Southern PA Hobby Farmer ~ http://juliesfunnyfarm.tripod.com
15 goats, 4 barn cats & 4 kittens, 3 dogs (2 English Mastiffs & 1 Boston Terrier),
3 bunnies ~ more bunnies comming soon, 28 Chickens,  Plus a somewhat understanding husband, and our sweet little 4yr old daughter
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A cross between a Rhode Island Red male and silver factor White Rock female produces brown sex-link chicks. The chicks can be separated by sex at the time of hatching since the females are primarily red and the males are primarily white.  That is one major advantage of that cross, the ability to tell from the time of hatch which are girls and which are boys.  They tend to produce very good numbers of brown eggs but I think I read somewhere that they stop laying at an earlier age than other layers who aren't sex-linked.  I'm not certain on that though.

Heather, full-time farmer and homeschooling Mom to two boys, four dogs, 20 layers, and 17 guineas. We recently relocated to Virginia and are anxious to start our farm back up.
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Heather, full-time farmer and homeschooling Mom to two boys, four dogs, 20 layers, and 17 guineas. We recently relocated to Virginia and are anxious to start our farm back up.
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This cross produces the brown sex link.  If it is eggs you want, they are literally egg laying machines, especially for the first two years after they start laying.

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the cross between a rir rooster and a white rock hen produces what is called a red star or red sex link you can google it. They are suppose to be good layers but I don't know but I do know they are sex linked I hatched some a couple of weeks ago the males are white like the rock and the hens are red.

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They're also usually super sweet and great pets. Here's my Ella

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Jeweiser/Chickens/March1607016.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Jeweiser/BYC/Mar107012.jpg

And her daughter Cammi

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Jeweiser/BYC/12-5-07016-2.jpg

She is so snuggly

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Jeweiser/BYC/9-12-07018-1.jpg

I didn't know chickens could be affectionate before her. lol

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Ella, that is one beautiful bird!  She looks like a sweetie and so healthy looking also!

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According to Ideal:

Red Sex Links are a breed cross using Rhode Island Red males and Delaware females.

Gold Sex Links are a breed cross using Rhode Island Red males and Rhode Island White females.

Heather, full-time farmer and homeschooling Mom to two boys, four dogs, 20 layers, and 17 guineas. We recently relocated to Virginia and are anxious to start our farm back up.
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Heather, full-time farmer and homeschooling Mom to two boys, four dogs, 20 layers, and 17 guineas. We recently relocated to Virginia and are anxious to start our farm back up.
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post #8 of 10

well ideal says that they are called brown sex link either way they are suppose to be good layers


Edited by chickabator - 5/21/08 at 2:02am
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The names of sex links vary according to who's selling them as do the breeds used to make them. smile

Thanks Beekissed big_smile she's a darling 5 year old. She's never had a sick day and still lays quite well despite their rep for slacking off after 2 years.

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Well now I  need some of those. The more I learn about different breeds the more I want them. All of them I need at least 1 of everything.

People are stupid, we should replace them with chickens.
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