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Red Sex Link

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Egg Layer
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
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    Egg Color:
    Light Brown
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    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Sex-links are cross-bred chickens whose color at hatching is differentiated by sex, thus making chick sexing an easier process. Sex-links come in many varieties, few of which are a true breed. Red sex-links are a cross between a Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire rooster and a Delaware hen.
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Recent User Reviews

  1. CrazyHenLady386
    "Also called "Brown Star" Hardy birds"
    Pros - Such a gentle personality! If you want a pet get these! Lay (nearly) every day!
    Cons - Dont live long. REALLY wish they did
    These were our first breed. I got them when I was 12 (now Im 14) and two died from natural causes when they were 1 1/2. I dont get it. they were perfectly healthy then they stopped laying and next thing I knew they were as thin as can be and die. It wasnt worms or anything like that and none of the other hens got it.

    on the other hand these birds are the friendliest, most people-loving chickens you can get. I never could have wished for a better pet. So Friendly!
  2. GertrudeLover01
    "Nice looking, productive chickens"
    Pros - Pretty, productive, sweet to humans, social
    Cons - Can be quite mean to younger chickens
    My red sex link is one of my favorite chickens. She lays a big brown egg daily. She's taken 4 days off in the 5 months she has been laying. She's nice to look at too, with the white feathers under the red! She's very social with me and loves to eat out of my hand and pester me for treats. I'm so glad to have her as a part of my flock!
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  3. PerfectPlumage
    "Good layer, good forager, not too nice to..."
    Pros - Good layers, good foragers, cute, tame to humans.
    Cons - Sometimes aggressive to other birds, never goes broody.
    This is a good breed if you want to get lots of eggs! My hens are my biggest layers and love to forage in the grass. They are tamer than other breeds to humans but mine don't get along with the other birds too well. They never cause real damage but seem to love hogging the food and pecking other birds. They are not fancy looking at all but still cute, and they have such little personalities. One of my Red Sex Links is so chubby and cute, and she doesn't have much of a tail so she looks extra fat! Though, don't rely on these for chicks, the hens never go broody. Overall, good breed.
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  1. Regrn5
    I had 4 red links are 2 years old.Two of the hens had ascites and now a third has it as well. I was wondering if this is common in this type of breed?
  2. PeepersMama
    It sounds alot like internal laying/egg yolk peritonitis to me. I just lost a girl to that a couple days ago. I've lost chickens on both ends of the age spectrum, but I think the scariest one was with the 1 1/2 yr old BSL. She had yolk fluid in her throat and nose. They pretty much stop doing anything once they have it, so either their blood gets infected, or they starve.
    So sorry you lost some of your girls! They sound like they were really sweet :) *hugs*
  3. Chickie Newbie
    My red sex link, Scarlett, is the most productive of all my chickens. She's sweet and lays enormous jumbo eggs almost every day even throughout the winter. She's the only one still laying right now. She doesn't go broody either, which is good for me. All in all, the least expensive chicken I have produces the biggest, best eggs! Go figure.
  4. Mountaineer
    I have two and I get an egg a day from each since they began laying...which was about 3 months ago. I, too, am concerned about their cold tolerance. I live in WV so it does it a bit cold here. They are the friendliest of the 8 birds I own. They follow me around and come running when they hear or see me. They are gluttons and very gentle. Today I let them out in the back yard in the rain and they loved it and got quite wet. I'll have to ask the breeder I got them from which two breeds she bred to get mine.
  5. Hens rule
    My chicken Henny has a small tail too!
  6. enrgizerbunny
    I'm a first time keeper and I purchased 3 of these from a local feed store as pullets. I get 3 eggs almost every day with the occasional 2 egg day and 1 egg days being even more rare. They're very friendly and food motivated. I bought them in March of this year and it's November now so we'll see how they keep laying in the time ahead. I've found providing artificial light as the days have gotten shorter has helped to keep egg production up.
  7. Reamuskitty1
    yeah, i have a black sex-link, she is a bit of a bully but other than that, she's pretty standard, she lays eggs (but not many) she is getting back her feathers from a weird thing the younger chickens used to do, they would stick their heads through the fence and it caused loss of feathers ( we fixed it, so don't worry) she has really pretty feathers and is overall a good starter chicken for new chicken keepers!
  8. jtn42248
    I have 10 chicks who have not started laying yet, they are only about 13 weeks old, but they are the most fun chicks I have ever had. The run and play with one another and all run out to me and follow me around when I am doing my bird chores.
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  9. Chickie Newbie
    I agree! I have one also and she's a great layer and very sweet and curious. She lays the largest eggs of all my girls. (Mine doesn't poop in the nest box fortunately.) I wish I had room for more.
  10. ChickenGrass
    Maybe your ones had genetics to lay huge eggs?
    I have a few of these just for eggs as my show poultry are no good for eggs.
    Mine lay medium brown eggs almost everyday and there over 3 years

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