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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.

    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

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Recent User Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. Devw
    "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.
  3. unicornmomma
    "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.

User Comments

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  1. herbmom
    When you say very vocal, what do you mean? I'm thinking of getting 2 to add to our flock.
  2. Colonel-Sanders
    I love my black sex link :) . She is always following people around outside!
  3. 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.
    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.
  6. WyandotteLove1
    Not all B.S.L.s are aggressive. Sometimes its just the fact that maybe they weren't taken care of very well or were born with strange genes or something. My B.S.L. is one of the sweetest birds I own, and she is the oldest bird in my flock! The one that I lost to a hawk was very sweet too, so I'm not sure that I can agree with the fact that they are aggressive. Bigwig is right. Sometimes you don't understand how fragile your younger ones are, and you can always accidentally do something to them that they don't exactly appreciate. I hope that this comment is helpful to you. I just think that even the meanest breed can always be eligible to be nice and gentle. THANK YOU BIGWIG!
  7. CatCohen
    Do you have any other birds in your flock? we just lost 3 of our 5 birds (mixed flock). We want to replace with 2 reds and 2 blacks.
  8. 5Sons Coop
    @RareDuck I could not agree more. Chickens like most animals are very trainable. It is amazing how quick they learn. Never teach your dog anything and you end up with a misbehaved mess. Chickens are no different. There will always be a pecking order. It is very important to include yourself at the top of that order and I believe you need to physically handle your chickens to do this.
  9. Lisa Wood
    I am so sorry about the Silkie Fox! That is the kind of thing that would make me crazier. I just wanted to say, even though we have enough animals 5 dogs, one cat one Gofin Cockatoo, and i have not been working for a while because of personal stuff, I thought every day about chickens for about six months. First I thought about goats, and switched to chickens. I have never known any chickens nor had an interest unless it was on my plate. But every day I would look at my back yard and see chickens. God told me to get chickens, snd He had to tell me more than once.
    You guys on this list are so much more intetesting than general population. Learning what chickens you have and like, listening to you pet dogs with a chicken football under the arm, acknowledging how not intelligent they are! Now if it was a stupid person, I would be totally turned off. Stupid chickens I love, although my favs are the smart ones in my little flock. I will not get Black Sex Link in the future based on ya'lls reviews. Too many reports of edginess. Sharpness. I want them to like me and get along in the flock. I think I am pretty lucky so far, but I like my two Choc Orpingtons the most. I came real close to getting BSL from a local breeder, so I am glad I missed it.
  10. RareDuck
    My Black Sex Links have never harmed my Silkies. The BSLs were almost a year old when I got the Silkies. I had one baby chick grab another chick by the wing in my feather foot assortment. I picked it up and told it that kind of behavior was not allowed and it did not happen again.

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