Golden Sex Link

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    Egg Layer
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    Large Fowl
    Imported originally from the Netherlands, this strain is used in over 60 countries worldwide. Capable of laying over 300 strong shelled eggs per year, the Golden Sex Link also known as the Bovan Brown is a very hearty bird that can withstand cold temperatures. When hatched, the males are a creamy white with the females colored in shades of red.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose: Egg Layer

    Comb: Single


    Climate Tolerance: Cold

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    Egg Productivity: High

    Egg Size: Large

    Egg Color: Brown

    Breed Temperament: Gentle

    Breed Colors / Varieties: Golden/Black/Red/Comet

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Recent User Reviews

  1. MyLovelyChick
    ""Good Egg Producers & Friendly""
    Pros - -great egg producers
    -very friendly
    -great for those new to raising chickens
    Cons - -usually, eats almost about anything
    -they sometimes can be broody for more than an extended time
    These chickens are very friendly! They are great egg producers. My sex-links were laying about 5-6 days worth of eggs per week. They are very tame, not too docile and shy. They love to eat almost anything and are not finicky. My sex-links ate almost everything I gave to them ranging from old cereal crumbs to cottage cheese. Overall, awesome birds, especially for those new to raising chickens.
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  2. crazy rooster34
    "Great birds"
    Pros - great layers, very docile, very people friendly, large eggs for there size
    Cons - Loud, Mean to new chicks
    I have 5 one year old hens , that have laid nearly every day since 20 weeks old, they lay a medium-large brown egg every day. My hens just let me pick them up and carry them around, or pet them. I love them to death but i recently got six new chicks to introduce and they aren't the best to them, but other than that they are perfect, i recommend them for first time chicken owners who want a lot of eggs
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  3. ChickityChina
    "Friendly, excellent layer!"
    Pros - Kid-friendly, prolific layer, good size eggs
    Cons - None
    This is probably the overall best hen in my flock. She was the first to begin laying out of the breeds (EEs, Black Australorps, and Golden Comet) that I bought last Spring. She is my two-year old daughter's favorite hen and will allow my daughter to pick her up and carry her around with no fuss at all. When the weather began to get colder and I hadn't had a chance to put a light in the coop yet, all the other hens laid fewer eggs for a while, but not the Golden Comet! She was consistent with her egg-a-day all the way through! Great size eggs too, right from the first egg. Highly recommend this breed for laying!
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    I have 1 Golden Comet I got as a chick in April 2017. She has turned out to be one of my favorites. She is friendly, does well with other birds, and lays well so far (just started recently). I can't figure out if hers is the super dark egg though or the barred rocks (or maybe the young Easter Eggers...but don't think that one lays yet). I have one Marans but she is older and lays bigger, lighter, it's not her. Any ideas?
    Can anyone tell me if they've ordered from Cackle Hatchery, especially any Rhode Island Reds or Golden Comets, Buff Orpingtons, White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, or Easter Eggers? I got a batch of Black Australorps from Chickens from Backyards (which has great service) that are extremely skidish and unfriendly. Also, if I get any new breeds again, I want to try to make sure that are somewhat friendly, fairly docile and/or at least will fit well in a mixed flock without much aggression (allowing for a normal pecking order of course) and be easy to handle.
  3. magicstorm
    I have to agree, We got one by chance, never been handled much and almost 1 y. We call her the PITA chicken because you cant do anything without her in the way or flying up to your shoulder. We love love love this gal.
  4. arrowti
    Our sex links also eat like pigs. I think it's a trait of the breed. So long as it doesn't get stuck she should be fine... though your wallet might take a hit! I agree with everything you've posted. Hope she's a good layer like ours!
  5. JenellYB
    There is sure a lot of contradicting information here!
    Free Bird, I agree, it would be very helpful if people were giving info on what hatchery theirs are from, and exactly which sex-link breed cross theirs are.
    I am now confused and concerned, and not sure what to do as I am planning to get some GSLs due to arrive at my local feed store tomorrow. While I've never had GSLs before, I have had, and known many others that have had, Red Sex links that are RIR rooster over Delaware hens. And have been very impressed all around, from laying performance, to health and vigor.

    I've kept many kinds of chickens over 45+ years, most of that time heavy dual purpose 'heritage' breeds, to maintain farm flocks to supply meat and eggs for a large family. I usually hatched and raised my own after initial purchases of purebred. But recent years, my only interest is egg production. I've done very well with the RSLs, with none of the health problems people are mentioning here. Quite the opposite, I've enjoyed what I've attributed to "hybrid vigor" in the RSLs.

    The only "problem" I've encountered in sex-link layers has been actually not in sex-links, the 1st generations crosses themselves, but with falsely represented so-called sex-link pullets and hens being sold by private small "breeders" that are actually results of crossing sex-links to sex-links. That seems to be something of a popular thing at least in this part of the country. They are hatching and raising their own out of F1 sex-link hens. Most I've encountered have been reds, but I'm presently myself stuck with 4 supposed black sex-link pullets that are laying small to barely medium eggs of various off-white and cream shades. I'm kicking myself, never again, NEVER again, will I buy from someone breeding their own, I will buy from a reputable hatchery, directly, or through a trusted feed store that orders from hatchery.
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  6. Tazbeaux
    Thanks Ceceuu, I am also happy that my girls are holding up well. It sure seems that you are going above and beyond with supplying calcium for your girls. My flock usually gives me a lopsided egg or 2 every couple of days and one of my GSL's eggs are usually too large for the cartons also. Those are the eggs we eat ourselves, and I sell the pretty ones :)

    @free burd, My GSL chickens came from Meyer Hatchery, probably around the summer of 2013, one baby was dead in the box, but all the others were strong and healthy and all are still doing well today.
  7. free burd
    what's missing from this thread is - what strain do you have - what hatchery did they come from and what year did you get them...then readers could put them on their 'try' or 'avoid' list. also, to be more helpful, it would be great if the cross was noted too...are they a 'rir over a riw' a 'red over a deleware' 'rir over silver factor wyndotte' or, or, or. (golden sexlink really doesnt mean anything otherwise)
    i realize the hatcheries never say which mega corporation their breeding stock is from so accept for 'isa browns' we never know but the other information would help people to choose or not to choose.

    if it is of any help. i found an obscure university study that tested foraging abilities of a wide variety of sexlinks - the only ones that foraged worth a darn where 'production reds' and 'red over deleware' which both took 40% of their intake from foraging under conditions which where not disclosed (of course) - all of the rest where pathetic. however they did not say where any of the lines came from...typical chicken communication. chicken keepers must all be mind readers, i'm not, i just want clear, simple, essential details and it's as if no one ever thinks of it.
    it takes years and years to figure it all out - and when i do, i wonder what the big secrets are all about. it causes people a lot of frustration. (hatchery breed descriptions are probably the worst part of the whole industry.)
  8. ceceuu
    Tazbeaux - I'm happy you have good luck with your golden six link hens. As for mine being calcium deficient, I would say yes that is likely, however, consider I feed Purina Layena, supplement with both crushed shells and Oyster shells. I do not give the scratch until late in the day so the hens will eat their Layena all day and treats (green vegies - sparingly) are given later in day for same reason. I have 7 other hens of 5 other varieties who lay more eggs than Star does now and none of them have any problems with the shells being thin. Star has never seemed to have as big an appetite or be as highly motivated by food as the other chickens. As I mentioned, experience with one chicken is not conclusive. She is a very sweet, intelligent, charming chicken and I am very fond of her. I am actually glad she is not laying as much since it seems harmful to her. Her eggs are incredibly huge - the cartoons won't close - they're not good enough quality to sell or give as gifts.
  9. Tazbeaux
    I have 2 golden sex link hens in my flock, they are about 2 and a half years old. Both of them are very healthy and lay a beautiful, large egg pretty much every day. They are friendly sociable birds that don't mind being held when I go in the coop. On occasion I do get very large and slightly misshapen eggs. It sounds like your bird may be calcium deficient, if her eggs are paper thin, she probably needs more calcium in her diet. They need more than other chickens that aren't prolific layers. After I got mine I started reading up on them, and was scared about so many health problems being talked about. I thought...OMG what have I gotten myself into! But both of them have been beautiful, friendly and healthy birds, laying an egg every day for over 2 years. I have no regrets about buying them.
  10. free burd
    really valuable and thoughtful - every one should consider this type of information with the bred for battery cage sexlinks...anyone can create sexlinks with heritage birds in their own flocks but the ones from hatcheries are HIGHLY selected by giant corporations who have been working on them for decades to get them to the state they are in. the worst part is that many of them do not forrage well and make bugs and weeds into eggs - which are the best eggs we can get. try california greys if you want satisfaction and longevity. they where bred to do just that.

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