Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by can you hear me now?, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. I actually have two questions that i am looking to get answered. First I want to know how i would know whether or not a rooster is fertilizing eggs? Second I am wanting to breed black sex links but don't know all that much about them other than they lay eggs earlier than most chickens. Are the a Dual purpose breed as well as the RIR andPlymouth barred rocks?
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    You need to crack open a few eggs and look for the bullseye that indicates it was fertilized or incubate a few and look for the veins to start growing.

    Here is a thread about what to look for.

    Black Sex-Links are produced using a Barred Rock as the mother. Both sexes hatch out black, but the males have a white dot on their heads. Pullets feather out black with some red in neck feathers. Males feather out with the Barred Rock pattern along with a few red feathers. Black Sex-Links are often referred to as Rock Reds.

    they really don't lay all that early. about 18 - 20 weeks of age is average for many breeds.​
  3. I read somewhere that they ar hardier than their ancestoral parents, and that they start laying in about 15 weeks but I can't remember if the source is credible that I read it form
  4. seriousbill

    seriousbill Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Fifteen weeks is extremely early, even for a commercial production or sex-link hybrid layer. They usually lay, as MissPrissy stated, around 18-20 weeks.

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