Red sex-link info

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Strader, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. Strader

    Strader Songster

    Apr 7, 2011
    Red Sex Link Chickens can be developed using various red chicken breeds for the hen, but are always crossed with a Rhode Island Red Rooster or a New Hampshire Red Rooster. These particular Red Sex Links are a cross breed utilizing the Delaware Hen and the Rhode Island Red Rooster. The result is a prolific egg laying and quality meat bird with superior production value of its respective parents' breeds.

    Red Sex Link Chicks are an excellent choice for many commercial egg laying operations for their substantial production as well as their ease of breeding and sexing. These breeds also mature rapidly and will begin laying much earlier than many other breeds.
    One can easily sex or determine the gender of these baby chickens -
    • Male Red Sex Link Chicks will be white.
    • Female Red Sex Link Chicks will hatch either buff or red.

    < Red Sex Link Chickens Commercial poultry operations will often favor Sex Link Hens due to their excellent egg laying capabilities and their moderate size which yield ample fowl meat.

    Red Sex Link Chickens are referred to as Red Stars due to their exceptionally high egg production and rapid maturity.

    Red Sex Link Chicken Info

    • Adult Weight - Male: 7 pounds ; Female: 4.5 pounds
    • Color - Roosters can range from pure white feathering to white with splotches of black plumage, Hens are mostly red with some white feathering on the tail and breast area, Both genders have bright red combs and yellow skin
    • Purpose - Dual Purpose: Egg Laying and Meat Production
    • Egg Production - Excellent: Between 250-300 per year depending on cross
    • Egg Color - Brown
    • Egg Size - Large
    • Country of Origin -United States
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Red sex-links do NOT use hens from red chicken breeds. There are many other names for red sex-links than just red stars. There is already a very good thread on sex-links
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Red Sex Links are produced by crossing a red gene rooster (RIR, Prod. Red, or NHR) with a silver gene hen (WR, RIW, Delaware, SLW, or Light Sussex). The resulting offspring can be sexed at hatching by color (male chicks are whitish, female chicks are reddish). Red Sex Links are marketed by different hatcheries under a lot of different labels (Red Star, Brown Sex Link, Gold Sex Link, Cinnamon Queen, Bovans Brown, Golden Buff, Golden Comet, Hubbard Golden Comet, Isa Brown, Babcock Brown, Warrens, Hylines, Gold Lines, Lohmans, Lohmans Brown, etc.), but no matter what label they are marketed under, they are all laying machines, outlaying either parent breed, which is one of the interesting quirks of this particular hybrid.

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