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. Manedwolfy
    "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.
    Cathy Roberts likes this.
  2. alane01
    "Beautiful stinkers"
    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.
    Purchase Price:
    Under a dollar a piece
    Purchase Date:
    April 2018
    Cathy Roberts likes this.
  3. Clousic Chicks
    "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!
    Cathy Roberts likes this.

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  1. Calabogie chicken lady
    I have 3. VERY aggressive, never stop squawking. Peck at me alot. I will never buy this breed again, they also keep bugging and pecking at my other 4 breeds i have. And yes they are skittish
  2. ublyhunter
    Our best and friendliest breed so far for us
  3. midnoight
    Beautiful birds! Mine are quite skittish, but they're extremely loud if I do say so myself. Every time the rooster crows, one of your BSL hens lets out a loud squawk. They're also usually the culprit of pointless alarm call orchestras.
  4. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    The company dominant c z has three types of black sex links available!!!
    Both great.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
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  7. 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.
      Bonnie sue likes this.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
      Bonnie sue likes this.
    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
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  10. 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.
      Bonnie sue and EclecticLadyy like this.

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