Black Sex-links and Red Sex-links: How are they different or same?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by XilverAngel, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. XilverAngel

    XilverAngel Songster

    Jun 28, 2009
    There are two sex-links, the black and the red right?...So how are they different? they both lay brown eggs, right? And they do lay about the same amt of eggs, dont they?
  2. aerosmith_99

    aerosmith_99 In the Brooder

    They both are great egg layers. The sex-link means you can tell the sex of the babies when they are born. Dominique chickens also carry sex-link genes.
  3. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

    Oct 1, 2008
    I have both red and black sex links. In my experience they are both excellent layers of large brown eggs. The reds may lay slightly larger eggs although I find the quality of the BSL eggshells are better. The blacks are better foragers and eat less but mine are flighty and quite unfriendly. They are better fliers than the reds and try to escape their enclosure at every opportunity. They don't like to sleep in the coop with the others if they can help it either. My reds are very friendly and I can pick them up easily. I would pick the reds over the blacks every time given the choice.

    Hope that helps. [​IMG]
  4. XilverAngel

    XilverAngel Songster

    Jun 28, 2009
    Thanks for the info Highlander!
  5. catdaddyfro

    catdaddyfro Crowing

    Sep 16, 2009
    Vernon Parish
    Yes they both lay brown eggs and lots of them. I agree the gold sl's are really gentle and the blacks are a little more stanoffish but I haven't had any that were bratty or really mean. If you want to see sommting testy you watch some of them ol' barred rock hens. I think some of them got an extra little dob of testosterone every now and again.
  6. capon

    capon In the Brooder

    Jul 28, 2009
    North Dakota
    I have rsl's and have had black , i love the reds they r so calm and tame and mine r good foragers when they r out . they even follow me around
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2009

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