This is my first at breeding, incubating and hatching chickens.... Oh! i am newbie to BYC too!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by coopmaid, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. coopmaid

    coopmaid Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 17, 2013
    Crystal river
    Hello there,
    I am a newbie to raising chickens. I have 12 Rhode island red hens and 1 Rhode Red Rooster. I have just hatched my first incubated eggs (6) and the chicks look like black sex link chicks (there are 6 more on the way within 24 hours). However, these chicks are cuties. I have no other roosters that are competing for my hens. The prior owner told me these chickens were pure bred reds. The chickens look like Rhode island reds and are great layers. Do you think the rooster was cross with a black sex link or would it be all my hens....? I would like to concentrate on one particular breed and maybe later expand into another .... later. BYC members ..What can you tell me about black sex link chickens ...good layers ... hardy chickens .... any info or photos? Thanks for your response. Just peeked at some of the Black sex link photos on here.... beautiful chickens ... colorful too! I am excited ... whew! Oh! New group about to hatch .....I can hear the babies chirping before they hatch ..... i can only see a small crack in the egg. Is this a sign the baby is having a problem? When do I intervene or do I? Most of the babies already hatched were quiet.
  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] O.K. sex links. I'm a newbie to that concept so I'm not going to try and advice you LOL But there's a great section on breeds and genetics here that you can look at:

    What you can also do if you want to do some reading is type "sex link" into the search bar above (just below the brown header) and look through the results. Here's just one of the long, normative threads on the topic:

    As for the hatching chicks. Congrats, first of all. I've got some due today/tomorrow as well, very exiting. It sometimes takes the chicks a long time to complete the hatch from pipping through the shell. some take up to 24 hours or more. So as long as the little one is cheeping and lively it's fine. If it doesn't make progress for hours and hours and shows signs of getting weaker, it may be time to help, but before you do that look at this excellent assisted hatch article:

    Hopefully you won't need to help, but it's a handy article to have around when you need it!
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2013
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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, coopmaid, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! Best of luck with your hatching!!
  5. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from glad you joined BYC. Best of luck with your hatch [​IMG]
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  7. thasista

    thasista Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2011
    My Coop
    Hi from KY!!

  8. coopmaid

    coopmaid Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 17, 2013
    Crystal river
    Lol! I guess "sex link" Is not what I should be saying..... The lady @ feed store told me that these little chicks were black sex link chickens.... You can tell I'm a newbie:) LOL! well this is 1 good way to introduce myself. thanks for all the posts.... I love this backyard chicken bunch of people already...*smiling
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC and good luck with your incubation.
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.

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