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After having many pretty and fun different breeds of chickens that we fed to the local predators sad.png. We've created a chicken bunker with a strong run and are focusing on kid friendly birds who are great egg layers.

 From my reading on the forum, I think we will go with Sex Link, in a variety of colors. My question is, If the sex link is a cross between any number of different breeds of birds, is one color a better than another?

Also, the hatcheries keep there "recipe" secret so are say black sex link birds from one hatchery better than black sex link birds from another hatchery?

One more thing, do you think any color of sex link is more hardy or savvy on free range?

Thanks!

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After having many pretty and fun different breeds of chickens that we fed to the local predators sad.png. We've created a chicken bunker with a strong run and are focusing on kid friendly birds who are great egg layers.

 From my reading on the forum, I think we will go with Sex Link, in a variety of colors. My question is, If the sex link is a cross between any number of different breeds of birds, is one color a better than another?

Also, the hatcheries keep there "recipe" secret so are say black sex link birds from one hatchery better than black sex link birds from another hatchery?

One more thing, do you think any color of sex link is more hardy or savvy on free range?

Thanks!

 The classic red sex link is a cross between a Light Sussex and a Rhode Island Red. I can't speak from hatchery stock, never owned any. If you are looking for docile, might try the Henderson Chicken Chart online. Might try Freedom Rangers.  I heard good things about them but never owned any. I don't think the color denotes a better sex-link bird. I think it is the breeds behind the colors that do instead.

 Best,

 Karen

Walt Boese Pure English strain Light Sussex

2014: Inaugurating what will become the Tewart flock of pure

English strain  Light Sussex sourced from North American stock.

( a   great nick between Boese and Ross strains They are looking

real good at  6 months on 12/6 ).  Pullets in lay @ 29 weeks

instead of last year's 37 weeks!

"We're all just walking each other home."  Ram Dass

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Walt Boese Pure English strain Light Sussex

2014: Inaugurating what will become the Tewart flock of pure

English strain  Light Sussex sourced from North American stock.

( a   great nick between Boese and Ross strains They are looking

real good at  6 months on 12/6 ).  Pullets in lay @ 29 weeks

instead of last year's 37 weeks!

"We're all just walking each other home."  Ram Dass

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After having many pretty and fun different breeds of chickens that we fed to the local predators sad.png
. We've created a chicken bunker with a strong run and are focusing on kid friendly birds who are great egg layers.

 From my reading on the forum, I think we will go with Sex Link, in a variety of colors. My question is, If the sex link is a cross between any number of different breeds of birds, is one color a better than another?

Also, the hatcheries keep there "recipe" secret so are say black sex link birds from one hatchery better than black sex link birds from another hatchery?

One more thing, do you think any color of sex link is more hardy or savvy on free range?
Thanks!
 The classic red sex link is a cross between a Light Sussex and a Rhode Island Red. I can't speak from hatchery stock, never owned any. If you are looking for docile, might try the Henderson Chicken Chart online. Might try Freedom Rangers.  I heard good things about them but never owned any. I don't think the color denotes a better sex-link bird. I think it is the breeds behind the colors that do instead.
 Best,
 Karen
Freedom rangers are meat birds they dont lay very well. I would go with RIR

 

 

  

 

 

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After having many pretty and fun different breeds of chickens that we fed to the local predators sad.png. We've created a chicken bunker with a strong run and are focusing on kid friendly birds who are great egg layers.

 From my reading on the forum, I think we will go with Sex Link, in a variety of colors. My question is, If the sex link is a cross between any number of different breeds of birds, is one color a better than another?

Also, the hatcheries keep there "recipe" secret so are say black sex link birds from one hatchery better than black sex link birds from another hatchery?

One more thing, do you think any color of sex link is more hardy or savvy on free range?

Thanks!

if you lots of eggs. you cant go wrong with Hybrids. the Hy line Silver browns will lay 330 eggs per year http://www.hyline.com/aspx/productsandservices/products.aspx

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if you lots of eggs. you cant go wrong with Hybrids. the Hy line Silver browns will lay 330 eggs per year http://www.hyline.com/aspx/productsandservices/products.aspx

I checked out their website. I know there is a lot of research that goes into food production, but I couldn't quite understand, are the Hy Line birds genetically modified or just a breed produced from different pure breeds? I have to say, their website freaked me out! 

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If your looking for eggs all yr round why not also get some Brahma's for winter laying ? I like the Austrolorps for All yr round but they do slow down for winter

 breeding Pixie bob cats,enjoy the Jumbo quail,1 Blue heeler,1 African grey Parrot, and 1 annoying roommate 
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 breeding Pixie bob cats,enjoy the Jumbo quail,1 Blue heeler,1 African grey Parrot, and 1 annoying roommate 
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I have a red sex link and a barred rock, I get 2 brown eggs almost every single day. They are very friendly too.

6 Barred Rock Chicks, 6 Red Sex Link Chicks, 2 Bantam chicks (unsure of breed), 6 dogs, African Gray Parrot, Turtle, 5 cats, 8 kittens.

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6 Barred Rock Chicks, 6 Red Sex Link Chicks, 2 Bantam chicks (unsure of breed), 6 dogs, African Gray Parrot, Turtle, 5 cats, 8 kittens.

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I checked out their website. I know there is a lot of research that goes into food production, but I couldn't quite understand, are the Hy Line birds genetically modified or just a breed produced from different pure breeds? I have to say, their website freaked me out! 


While genetic screening might be used I don't think they've started splicing chickens DNA for food (yet!).  Modern hybrids are the result of pure lines crossed together which have been very carefully and thoroughly bred for performance.

 

 

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Also, the hatcheries keep there "recipe" secret so are say black sex link birds from one hatchery better than black sex link birds from another hatchery?

 

 

The recipes for most hybrids aren't much of a secret but the ingredients are everything.  So in all likelihood yes, one hatcheries black sex links are better than another to a greater or lesser extent than another.  Although if the hybrid is from a large breeding company such as the ISA brown then multiple hatcheries would have the same parent stock breeders (unless they buy their eggs) and no difference should be found unless a hatchery is screwing something up.

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Thanks for the responses. After talking with some friends, they seem to get really good numbers of eggs from their non-sexlink breeds like Araucanas. Maybe the sexlink part doesn't matter that much?

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The sex-links were bred to not only lay well, but also to make it easy to determine the sex at hatching.

You can also find excellent egg layers in the Black Australorps, Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, etc.

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Raising Katahdin meat sheep, Silkies, Guineas, Egg Layers, annual pig, Papillons, toy Poodle,

Cornish Rex cats, Musk Turtle, Kangal LGDs (and puppies) and Grt Pyr on 15 acres in the middle of nowhere.

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Raising Katahdin meat sheep, Silkies, Guineas, Egg Layers, annual pig, Papillons, toy Poodle,

Cornish Rex cats, Musk Turtle, Kangal LGDs (and puppies) and Grt Pyr on 15 acres in the middle of nowhere.

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