Golden Sex Link

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Egg Layer
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    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl

    Imported originally from the Netherlands, this strain was created by crossing a Rhode Island Red hen with a Rhode Island Red rooster. 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.

    Golden sex link chick

    Golden sex link hen

    For more information on this strain, see the discussion here:
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose: Egg Layer

    Comb: Single


    Climate Tolerance: Cold

    General Egg Info:
    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. Katkumo
    "Not going with this breed again"
    Pros - Somewhat friendly when they are hand raised.
    Cons - Lay well the first year, then after that, the eggs are defective.
    We got our Gold Sex Links through our 4H program, so this could be for the breed, or the giant hatchery they ordered from.... These birds were so beautiful the first year we had them, their eggs were in abundance and were wonderful. We won the poultry show out of 72 entries, we did a great job keeping them healthy and happy. After about 8 or 9 months, though, the eggs were no longer great, the shells had issues with color, thickness, shape, you name it. They also had feather changes that I've learned can be a result of trace mineral deficiencies. I have other breeds who have benefited greatly from my deworming efforts, vitamin supplements, and they are amazingly shiny and healthy... however, the gold sex links continue to decline. Every egg problem you can imagine is happening, to include some eggs rotten upon lay. Learning from others who have raised chickens for decades, the chickens who are heavy layers tend to have reproductive issues that cannot be helped. Even from another hatchery, I would not go with this breed again.
    Purchase Price:
    free through 4H
    Purchase Date:
    March 2016, and again March 2017
  2. Medievalmom
    "Easy Goers"
    Pros - Great layers, friendly, excellent foragers, hardy
    Cons - Broody frequently
    All my sex links (gold and black) are now 3 years old and still laying 5 eggs a week. They are the first girls to greet visitors (checking to see if anyone brought treats!) and will gladly sit with us when we sit outside with our coffee. They've never been sick or had any health issues. Their only drawback is how broody they are. They will sit on not only their own eggs but everyone else's too. We have to frequently force them out of the boxes to stop the broodiness. Overall, a great choice for anyone wanting an easy bird to raise in their flock.
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  3. EggMan207
    "Great Bird, Great Egg Production"
    Pros - Egg Production is amazing, friendly
    Cons - Have had a few that drop eggs in the middle of the night or lay soft eggs here and there.
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  1. chicken-pics
    We have a Golden Sex Link named Apple-Crisp, She is very friendly, and is always the first one to run up the steps to the back door. She lays a peanut butter colored egg.
    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?
    1. chicken-pics
      Our Golden Sex Link lays a peanut butter colored egg, sometimes it has speckles on it but usually it is just the color of peanut butter. my Barred Rock lays a chalky, light beige egg that is usually covered in speckles of calcium. Our Barred Rock's egg is also a bit bigger than our Golden Sex Link's egg even though they are basically the same age. I hope that this helps you figure out which egg is from your Golden Sex Link.
      chicken-pics, Aug 7, 2018
    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.
  4. 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.
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  5. 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!
  6. 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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  7. 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.
  8. 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.)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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