How long are red or black sex links going to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by otakalhasas, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. otakalhasas

    otakalhasas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking of adding a couple of sexlinks (one red, one black) to my flock. I know that they lay a LOT of eggs, but for how many years? I have a 3.5 year old BCM that is still giving me three or so eggs a week (what a good girl!) but she does slow down every now and again. Could I expect a sex-link to lay until they are three? Thanks!
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Generally the hybrid layers do well for one or two years; individuals may do better. Mary
     
  3. otakalhasas

    otakalhasas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! So if the hens are a year old now, I could expect fairly decent production for 6 months or so then a gradual decline (generally speaking, of course!)? Do sex links continue to lay, even twice a week into their third or fourth year or do they just quit?
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    The problem is survival; many hens develop serious/ fatal problems with their reproductive tracts. It's not so much that they slow down their egg production, as get sick. Mary
     
  5. otakalhasas

    otakalhasas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh. Now that is a much different story. So it is kind of a toss of the coin as to what genes you've got and as to how long they will live, right? Well, since I would not be using the girls as breeding stock (I only breed Marans and Biels) there would be no way I could pass along poor genes. But I will have to give this idea more thought as I get quite attached to my birds and when one goes down it is always very sad.

    Thanks, Mary.
     
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    This can happen to any hen of any breed. Statistics won't give you info about any individual, just odd about many birds. It's difficult (VERY!) to find flocks bred for longevity; hatcheries and many private breeders use birds no older than one year of age, which is the most cost effective way to do things. Hens (and cocks) who are doing well as two to four year olds should be valued highly, IMO. Mary
     
  7. gator75

    gator75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone answer this who has had sex links long term? I have a 6 mo. old BSL now who is pumping out eggs.
     
  8. gator75

    gator75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bump for an answer? Got to be a ton of people on here who have had sex links more than two years...
     
  9. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, I only got my BSL for 5 months and just started laying eggs few weeks ago. I would love to hear from BSL owners as well, paging: @Beekissed, @junebuggena, @MeepBeep, @Folly's place, @Ridgerunner, and there was a guy named Michael Shea here that got me inspired to get some sex links vs leghorns. I wonder what's their input on this???
     
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  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    @donrae had some older sexlinks I think.
     

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