Our new additions! Can someone tell me what the "official" names are?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shellie003, May 11, 2010.

  1. shellie003

    shellie003 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! I am new to the message boards and new to chickens! My husband and I decided to raise our own chickens. We ordered them from our local feed mill. All the descriptions said is Brown and Special Black. We got 4 of each. They are 16 days home. We also acquired a Delaware chick from a friend who tried to hatch his own and it is the only one who made it. We ordered all pullets from the feed mill but we are not sure what the Delaware is. Does anyone know what the official name of the Brown and Special Black ones might be?
    I hope I post pictures right.

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    Thanks and look forward to learning from all of you!
     
  2. zDoc

    zDoc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The ones that aren't black look like my golden buffs, which I believe are also called red stars or sex-link. But I'm only 1 1/2 months into this. [​IMG]
     
  3. rebecky1305

    rebecky1305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most likely Black Sex-Links and Red Sex-Links. Blacks are usually a cross between a Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire rooster and a Barred Rock hen. Red sex-links are a cross between a Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire rooster and a White Rock, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Rhode Island White or Delaware hen. Oh and by the way, [​IMG] Glad you could join us.
     
  4. High Roost Ranch

    High Roost Ranch The Chicken Whisperer

    I think the guess of Black & Red Sex Links is accurate. I'm not real up on that but sounds and looks right.

    Welcome to the BYC, your one stop source for all things poultry. There's a world wide wealth of knowledge here, literally. [​IMG]
     
  5. shellie003

    shellie003 Out Of The Brooder

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    Black & Red Sex Links are those nice chickens by any ones experience?

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  6. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Absolutely, they are nice chickens...of course, I think just about ALL chickens are nice chickens. [​IMG]

    They're called Sexlinks because the males and females are different colors, so sexing is nearly 100% accurate even as baby chicks. They're also bred to be excellent brown egg layers, so you'll have plenty of breakfast eggs in about 5 or 6 months! Congratulations!
     
  7. mandyplo

    mandyplo Out Of The Brooder

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    I just bought 2 hens full grown and didnt know what breed they were either. I joined BYC about a month ago and had TONS of people helping me out [​IMG] Love it here, you will too.

    Anyways, my 2 hens are 1 red sex link 1 black sex link. They are friendly, quiet (for the most part, the black one I have squawks a lot and the brown one is silent), they are GREAT EGG LAYERS!! I adopted them without knowing what breed they were, kind of like you, but I think I lucked out BIG TIME!! (Sex links are known as some of the best egg layers around!!) My red sex link (your brown ones) Lay's HUGE brown eggs. My black sex link (your black ones) Lays a much smaller egg but its much tastier !!! Wonder if yours will be the same [​IMG] Post pics as they grow older [​IMG]
     
  8. mandyplo

    mandyplo Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh yea, and they are commonly referred to as Red Stars and Black Stars. [​IMG] I'm sure you'll enjoy this breed. I sure do!
     
  9. Lolita

    Lolita Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. chickenlady08

    chickenlady08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they look like RSL or Red Stars and BSL or Black Stars. If that is what they are you have some very good egg layers. I started with Red Stars and they lay big sometimes huge brown eggs. and I have heard the Black Stars are the same way. I also have some Delaware hens and one Delaware roo "Jack' they are very friendly birds and hope it makes it ok.
     

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