Black Sex Link chicken

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  • 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.
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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

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Hen Pen Jem
    "Black Star Lives Up to Name!"
    Pros - Great personality, intelligent, friendly, talkative, good layer, beautiful turquoise iridescence in feathers.
    Cons - None
    I really have enjoyed my Black Star "Filamena", she is retired now. But still retains her beauty, sweet personality and smarts! She was very consistent when she was laying, about 5-6 eggs a week, the first two years. She still lays an egg every now and then, but has had a reoccurring health issue. However, at age three, she is a strong and happy little hen, which has helped her to persevere. She has received a status promotion, from high ranking flock member, to my personal pet chicken!
    Purchase Price:
    $3 chick price
    Purchase Date:
  2. MamaHen939
    "Beautiful and fun!"
    Pros - Gorgeous feathers, consistent layer, friendly demeanor and gets along with other hens, curious and bold.
    Cons - Took awhile to start laying
    I mainly wanted to show off my beautiful Black Star, Amelia, who I obtained at TSC as a little chick earlier this year. I got her, another Black Star and 2 Red Stars at the same time and I must say that out of the chick broods that I've had (they were 3 of 4), they were the most docile to handle and adventurous group! At just 2 weeks, they were flying out of the brooder when it took my 2 older groups at least 4 weeks to start that. Unfortunately I lost 1 each of Black and Red to a fox, but Amelia and my remaining Red (Reba) have such great personalities and they are absolutely beautiful! Although she didn't start laying until around 30 weeks of age, she has been a consistent layer and her eggs are a lovely light brown. My friend who also has some Black Stars says she loves hers too! I would highly recommend this breed!


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  3. GldnValleyHens
    "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.

User Comments

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  1. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    The company dominant c z has two types of black sex link available!!!
    Both great.
  2. 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!
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  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
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  8. 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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  9. Colonel-Sanders
    I love my black sex link :) . She is always following people around outside!
  10. 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.
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