Black sex link vs rhode island reds

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  1. nicolette

    nicolette Chirping

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    Which chicken out of black sexlink or rhode island reds Last longer in egg laying ability? How many years of egg laying can you get out of a black sexlink vs rhode island reds?
     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

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    RIR tend to lay longer into their lifetime but lay less eggs in a year than a sex link. I have a 6 year old RIR who's lays a few eggs a year. Breeding behind a RIR can dictate production more than just breed. Sex links seem to burn out younger, live shorter lives but are egg laying machines for a few years.
     
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  3. MossyOaks

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    What about the Eggs size? I currently have two black SL and 3 RIR I got my first egg on Sunday and it was a beauty, my second egg yesterday was smaller and lighter brown.
     
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    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

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    Generally sex links will start laying before RIR. Comb development on your pullets can sometimes help. The comb enlarges and get bright red before they start.
     
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  6. MossyOaks

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    they all have became large and bright red over the last week. Been fun watching them change.
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

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    They are good looking hens.
     
  8. orrpeople

    orrpeople Grading essays - be back soon!

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    The term "sex link" can imply a variety of different crosses in breeding, so not all are prolific layers. (We do a black sex link that is barred rock/black copper marans cross -males/females identifIable at hatch, hence the name) That said, almost all hatchery sex links are "designed" for the purpose of egg production, and will generally only give 1 or 2 outstanding seasons of productivity before they begin to have health issues - usually related to egg laying. It's a bit of a trade-off - high production necessitating early replacement, or a little lower productivity with more longevity (with the heritage breeds). Everyone has their own needs with their flock, I just lean toward wanting my birds to live longer even if their rate of productivity is a bit lower. :)
     
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    Wish I had known this about the sex links! I do want my hens to live a longer life, long as possible regardless of how many eggs they give me. But that's what this site is for.. Learned something else today!
     
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    orrpeople Grading essays - be back soon!

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    My first 6 hens were sex links. I had no idea what I was doing. They were just super cute. And, to top it off, nicest birds ever!
    Sometimes I get kind of irritated at the "create a better hybrid" industry when it's at the expense of an animal's health.
     

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