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Chicken Breeds item created by Chesterchook, Nov 29, 2012
Pros - Consistent, even through cold weather. Very friendly.
Pros - Very good layers, friendly, bears confinement well, doesn't often go broody, not massive eaters
Cons - not strong birds to fight off a disease, and don't live for much longer than 2-3 yrs
These birds are very good layers, and friendly (will tolerate being picked up). They also don't go broody often which is good if you want a high egg production. They don't complain about confinement, although they love it when they can free range.
Pros - Eggs, eggs, and more eggs.
Cons - Hens are a bit bossy.
I really like Red Sex Links. They start laying early and they just lay and lay and lay. I think of them as the quintessential brown egg layer, and I almost always have a couple of them in my flock. They lay a nice brown egg almost every day during the egg laying season.
I have 2 now that are getting older (maybe 4 years old?) One still lays almost every day. The other is showing her age more, in many ways, and she only lays occasionally. She's still a favorite pet, a big old gal who flies onto a roost that is too high for her every night and whistles and yodels every morning until I climb up and pull her down.
Pros - Great egg-layers, love foraging, and friendly to humans
Cons - Can be quite mean to younger chickens
We love our Red Sex Link hens. They are excellent layers!
Pros - Great layers
Friendlier than my other chickens
Cons - Easily bullied
Short lifespans, can die easily from reproductive issues
My 2 hens are great layers and one is very friendly, the other isn't as much as it was feral most of the time.
My new one, the one that was feral, is very easily pick on though. The other one is the rooster's favorite hen so she's fine in the pecking order.
Pros - Great egg-layers, Excellent disposition, docile.
Cons - Definitely not a show breed, short lifespan, get picked on easily.
Love my red sexlink! Awesome egg-layer and not to mention would make great pets. Last in the pecking order and seems to get picked on the most. Also, my red sexlink is a 1.5 years and is pretty healthy but you usually hear of these chickens dying from being prone to egg-laying issues. Its sad to hear, especially when you get attached to them. Love the breed and personality though!
Pros - Great layers large brown eggs. Very friendly love to be pet.
Cons - I don't know of any
I just love this breed they are friendly like my Australorps girls.
Pros - loving, docile, kid friendly, great natured, hardy, big brown eggs, and integration friendly
Cons - broody
I absolutely love my red sexlinks.My nephew who is two can walk into their coop to feed and water them and they do not peck at him at all. They have broken my mother who is afraid of chickens because they do not fly up at you at all. Instead squawk to say hello and patiently wait for a pet or a treat. I can handle these birds no problem wether its picking them up or shaking their treat bag to get them back into their coop. They dont mind new flock mates which makes them an easy going nature. I have had a wonderful experience with my ladies even if they go broody when they arent suppose too. They lay wonderful brown eggs and every once in a while a double yoker!! I would highly recommend this bird to anyone! Especially if you are new to raising chickens!! These are hardy and family friendly birds for sure!!
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!
Pros - Pretty, productive, sweet to humans, social
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!