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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by GeminiChikadee, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. GeminiChikadee

    GeminiChikadee Hatching

    Oct 19, 2014
    Hello, I'm new to the site and decided to join as I found a lot of great information about my chicken raising adventure I'm on. We purchased black sex links and silver laced wyandotts this past spring and it's been a wonderful experience! The BSL are amazing egg layers and just recently, we have one go sweet on us and began to sit. Over this weekend, her eggs have finally hatched and are little balls of furry cuteness. I was trying to find some more information whether anyone had ever raised to have experience with crossing a BSL with a SLW? I'm curious to know what type of breed they will be.

    So far, momma bird is super protective, is showing them how to water and eat. She keeps them beneath her wings and it is so darling!

    Looking for any info anyone can spare. Thank!

  2. N F C

    N F C keep on swinging! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! It sounds like you are off to a great start, congrats on the new fuzz butts!
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. You have some great birds. Black Sex Links are my favorite chickens; hardy and friendly, egg laying machines. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids) and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 eggs per hen per year. Actually if you cross a BSL with a SLW, you won't get any breed as Black Sex Links are already hybrids to begin with. They are produced by crossing a RIR rooster with a Barred Rock hen. The resulting offspring can be sexed by color from hatching (male chicks are black with a white spot on top of their heads, female chicks are solid black), and they outlay either parent breed. It's one of the interesting quirks of hybridization. The downside is that BSLs will not breed true, so new BSL stock has to be ordered from a hatchery. If you cross your BSL with a SLW, there is no way to accurately predict what the offspring will look like as they will just be mutt birds. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
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  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Congrats on the hatch! It sure is precious to see mama and her chicks!

    I really don't know about breed genetics and stuff. But if you look around here in th community, you'll find the answers you are looking for.

    Good luck!

  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Congratulations on the successful hatch!
  7. pooh092197

    pooh092197 Hatching

    Oct 7, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Congratulations on the hatch.

  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined the flock! Congratulations on the hatch! Broody hen hatches are the BEST [​IMG]
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Congratulations on the hatch!

  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Congrats on the great hatch! Nothing cuter than a broody and her babies. Just adorable!!

    Enjoy all your poultry adventures and we do welcome you to our flock!

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