Black Sex Link chicken

Average User Rating:
4.13253/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    Cold
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    Light brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Docile, friendly
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black with Orange Penciling in the hackle
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    American
    Black sex-link (also called Black Stars) are a cross between a Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire rooster and a Barred Rock hen. Both sexes hatch out black, but the males have a white dot on their heads. Pullets feather out black with some red in neck feathers. Males feather out with the Barred Rock pattern along with a few red feathers. Black Sex-Links are often referred to as Rock Reds or Black Stars. They are planned crosses, which are hardier and more productive than their parents' respective breeds. The Sex Link Hybrid is the result of crossing two purebred standard breeds. This hybrid makes for very vigorous chicks, rugged brown egg laying hens and good cockerel fryers. These are extremely high in demand from our Asian community. Black Sex Links lay brown eggs.

    Class: Crossbreds
    Egg Color: Brown
    Conservation Status: Not applicable to crosses.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose: Meat


    Comb: Single

    Broodiness: Average

    Climate Tolerance: All


    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity: Medium


    Egg Size: Small

    Egg Color: Cream


    Breed Temperament: Docile, Kind



    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Roosters resemble Barred Rocks with some Orange in the breast feathers.
    Hens are black with Orange penciling in the hackle



    Breed Details:
    Some are broodier than others, can be skittish




    Chicken Breed Photos:


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    Rooster



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    Chick




    Adolescent



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Recent User Reviews

  1. GldnValleyHens
    4/5,
    "Black Sex Links are such friendly fun birds!"
    Pros - calm, friendly, good layers, beautiful
    Cons - not reliable to breed
    Currently we have one Black Star named Sylvia. She is one of my favs, because she is so friendly and funny. She is a stinker, going off on her own to explore on the porch and eat flowers. She is an adventurous chicken, and a reliable layer, usually laying when none of the others do, like in molt season or winter.
    Overall:
    4
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  2. Devw
    4/5,
    "Lovely and lively birds"
    Pros - Very active, LARGE brown eggs, people oriented, curious
    Cons - When bred, they won't produce black sex links
    This is one of the first breeds of chickens I owned (and still have two lovely girls). They consistently lay large brown eggs. These birds are very active, and very curious. My favorite thing about them is how investigative they are. If I'm doing something in the yard, they will hang out and watch what I'm up to (and then precede to get in the way). They are fairly affectionate, and don't mind being handled. I also am a fan of their coloration, with the deep oily black tones with the striking orange/red feathers on their breast.

    The only downside is that, as with all sex links, will not produce sex links. They're great egg produces, but unless you want a lot of mutt chickens they are useless breeding wise. I highly recommend these for first time chicken owners, as they are low maintenance and a blast to own.
    Overall:
    4.5
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  3. unicornmomma
    4/5,
    "Hardy, great layers!"
    Pros - Almost daily layers, tough, good foragers
    Cons - Somehow are always the one involved in scuffles
    I have two black sexlinks, and overall, they are fantastic birds. My two are a little neurotic, but they're overall friendly enough towards me, and put themselves to bed at 6 every night. I get very large brown eggs from them, they both lay almost daily (they are two next month). I will say that whenever someone is getting picked on, out of 8 birds, I can count on my BSLs to be involved somehow, either as the target or the perpetrator. It may just be my two, but it's the only reason I didn't give them a full five stars. They're tough little mother cluckers too-- my one survived an encounter with a raccoon reaching through the run wire and grabbing her, he tore her throat up pretty good. Cleaned her and applied Blukote, and she's good as new three months later. I am looking at cycling out some birds and getting new pullets this spring, but my sexlinks will be staying, they pull more than their weight.
    Overall:
    4.5
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User Comments

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  1. RingAroundTheRosie
    Oh my gosh, these seem to be the most curious little guys ever! I just love it. We have 2 chicks and if they are not trying to nibble your fingers and toes, they are flying up to sit on your lap. I can honestly say, out of all my chicks, the BSL make me laugh the most. Super energetic and friendly too!
  2. feather13
    We inherited our BSL from friends who realized keeping chickens wasn't for them. Even though we didn't raise her from a chick, she's the sweetest hen we have. She is a consistent, rock star layer (even though she's getting on in age) and is the friendliest chicken I've ever had. I absolutely love her and she's my favorite in our flock, although she is also the top hen in the pecking order and rules the roost. She's never mean or overly aggressive with any other bird, she just works hard to maintain her position. She's survived stray dog and predator attacks and an outbreak of respiratory disease (knock on wood...). I wouldn't hesitate to get another BSL in the future.
  3. mitchell5
    I bought 8 sex links in late March early April this year from Tractor Supply. They were feeding them an organic feed. I took them home we have been feeding organic feed since and a non gmo layer mash for the year old hens. I found "new" eggs yesterday along with my usual eggs. (Hen and ducks) Why are my chickens/ducks laying so early? We weren't expecting any eggs until September.
  4. blackandtan
    Beautiful but NOISY! Once they do the alarm squawk they all start up and go for hours! Mean and nasty too, I was happy to give them away to someone who wanted to try a few chickens.
    1. sidders chicken
      our bsl are so quiet!!!
      sidders chicken, Jul 31, 2017
  5. Calen
    I have had Black Sex Links for 10 years. They do well in the hot weather of Central Georgia, and they are consistent egg layers. They are friendly birds, who do very well with my toddlers picking them up. :) I have kept them by themselves and with other breeds. One of the BSL hens was the lead hen of the group when in a mixed group. I have not lost any to disease. I do love that you can tell the difference between the male and females after hatch. This is the reason that I purchased them in the first place; we only wanted hens.
    1. LFord
      So i am confused, we have a black sexlink that has the light brownish neck feathers and black body, but her tail feathers look like they are rounded like a males, she is only 4 months old so it is too soon to tell. If she was a rooster she would look like a barred rock right? This is so confusing.
      LFord, Jul 19, 2017
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    2. Calen
      The first time I bought BSL chickens, we got one with a white spot on its head because it was in with the hens. We didn't know it was a rooster for months when it started to stand more upright than the others. It did turn from black to a Barred Rock coloration. My BSL hens have a variety of colors, blue/green, red/orange and black feathers. They all look different. I do not remember when it turned colors, but different neck colored feathers is common in the hens.
      Calen, Jul 20, 2017
  6. MamaDuke0613
    I love my BSL hens! I also like the variation in their coloring. I have 6 total and none of them have the same coloring. A couple have a lot of rust colored feathers and others have hardly any. I even have one that has a black face and comb.(she's my runt). They are 21 weeks old and only 2 have started laying. Hopefully the other 4 will start soon.
  7. herbmom
    When you say very vocal, what do you mean? I'm thinking of getting 2 to add to our flock.
    1. MamaDuke0613
      My girls are very vocal. They don't really "cluck" it's more of a low squaking sound. They get really loud when they lay and egg though. It scared me the first time I heard it.
      MamaDuke0613, Jul 12, 2017
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  8. Colonel-Sanders
    I love my black sex link :) . She is always following people around outside!
  9. coop410silkies
    I like my black sex link; she lays huge eggs, but not so often anymore. She is a bit of a loner, and hides a lot. She does not eat with her flockmates but prefers to eat out of my hand, and she seems to prefer my company to that of her kind, a funny neurotic soul with good potential, who can take care of herself. She is not a hog about food, likes confinement, is hardy and adaptable; I think I could easily live with a bunch of them and highly recommend.
  10. MILOCHICKEN
    Our neighbor gave us her 2 black sex links, and they lay very good. They are 3-5 years old and they lay as much as our 1 year olds.

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