- Breed Purpose:
- Dual Purpose
- Climate Tolerance:
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- 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:
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.
Black Sex Link chicken
- Average User Rating:
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Meat
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
Some are broodier than others, can be skittish
Chicken Breed Photos:
Recent User Reviews
"Quite lovely birds"
Pros - Iridescent "rainbow" feathers that beautiful.
2 of them love to follow me around the yard.
Stays together in a tight flock usually so if a predator attacks, they usually have more of a defense
Cons - If they are free-ranging and I have to put them back into the coop early, they wont go in the coop. You have to pick them up which they hate
Fearless around predators and walks up to them, which caused one to get hurt
Don't like being in a coop
I have four black sex link hens: Nyra, Pellimore, Otulissa, and Kasumi. Pellimore and Kasumi run right up to me when I walk out! All of my past experiences with these birds is that they REALLY love corn.
Pros - Beautiful, friendly and hardy. Great egg layers.
Cons - Cant let ours free range because they eat the neighbors flowers. They wander pretty far and are fast so they are hard to catch.
These are beatiful animals. No health issues so far. They are friendly but cautious and got along with the ducks when they were in the yard. They wander pretty far away from the coop and like to hide. Egg supply is steady and they like their jungle gym and swing.
"These girls ROCK!"
Pros - They are egg-laying machines of very large eggs
Sweet disposition--with humans and other birds
LOVE the iridescent blues and greens on their backs
Cons - None
We had one Black Sexlink and she was a sweetheart. Our most consistent of the bunch--we had a variety at the time because, well, we have 5 grandchildren and wanted to be able to tell which bird belonged to which grand!