I want to raise my own chickens with a Rooster and hens. I was told that a Rhode Island Red chicken is the best. I purchased 8 Rhode Island Red Hens and I was told that you could get a white Rhode Island Red Rooster and you could determine the sex. The boys would be white and the girls would be reddish brown. They should be here tomorrow. I want to get a Rooster and I was told that this will not work. I was told that you have to get a sex-link hen and a sex-link rooster. I am so confused. The hens I just bought were $300+ dollars and the sex-link hen is way, way cheaper and is a better chicken, meaning that they lay more eggs and eat less. Can I get a sex-link rooster and breed to the Rhode Island Reds? will I be able to tell the difference in a male and a female by color. What kind of Rooster do you have to get to breed to a sex-link hen in case I get some sex-link pullets in May of this year. I guess I need to go to school and study chickens.. I want to raise them and sell them but I have to know the sex. Thank you! I hope I have not confused you.