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What are Red Sex Links?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by JimWWhite, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. What are Red Sex Links? Where did the name come from? Does anyone have any history on the name?
    I have 19 Gold Comets. Are they considered RSL's? [​IMG]

  2. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

    Mar 4, 2009
    waterville , canada
    Sex links of any colour are a cross between one brid and a nother brid. yes the comets are sex link. The rooster s most often a RIR or NH
  3. tadkerson

    tadkerson Songster

    Jul 19, 2008

    Read the sticky on sex links at the top of this index category.

  4. Sparks

    Sparks Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    They are great layers.
  5. FarmerChick

    FarmerChick Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    North Carolina
    I have 200 red sex links right now.
    they are great layers and hardy birds.
    I love them.
  6. RIVERA69R

    RIVERA69R Songster

    Jun 9, 2008
    I have one sex-linked with my barred rocks and buff orphington and I wish I had a few more awesome big dark brown eggs [​IMG]
  7. FarmerChick

    FarmerChick Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    North Carolina
    Here is basic info on sex link

    Sex-links are cross-bred chickens whose color at hatching is differentiated by sex, thus making chick sexing an easier process. Sex-links come in many varieties, few of which are a true breed. As hybrids of laying or dual-purpose breeds infused with extra vigor via heterosis, sex-links can be extremely good egg-layers which often produce 300 eggs a year or more.

    Two common varieties are the Black sex-link (also called Black Stars) and the Red sex-link (also called Red Stars). Blacks are a cross between a Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire rooster and a Barred Rock hen. The Black Rock, is another name for a black sex-link. 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. In Europe, the Cream Legbar (an actual true-breeding pure breed) and ISA Brown sex-links also exist.

    Sex-links are a good choice for ensuring you receive only female hens if your town or city has a law against roosters. Generally sex-links are considered to be a friendly breed

  8. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    Rowan County, NC
    I've found in mine that their prime is their first two years, then they start to slack off in the egg producing. I get a few more every year at TSC. They're egg machines for a while, but all birds have a set amount of eggs in them, so it's gotta stop at some point [​IMG]

    RAREROO Crowing

    Jul 22, 2009
    Alapaha, Ga
    The name Sex links comes from the sexlinked traits that are passed from the parents to the chicks.

    For Red Sex links ( aka Golden Comets, Gold Sexlink, Red Stars, etc...)

    You must breed a roo with gold genes ( RIR, HHR, BUff, Partridge, etc...) to hens that has silver genes ( RIWhites, Delawares, SLWyans, etc. are the best ones to use, most White leghorns and some White Rock don't have the silver genes so they wouldn't work. This cross results in chicks that can be sexed by color at hatching, males are white, females are red. Here is a thread with beautiful Golden Comet hens and a GC roo. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=272809

    the Black Sexlinks, You can use any colored rooster as long as he is not Barred and not dominant white (ex.White Lehorn)or masking barring under the white( White Rocks). But any Red, Buff, Black, Blue, Splash, Partridge, Laced, ect roo will work though hatcheries use Production Reds mostly. This cross with give roos that have a white spot on their head and will be Barred and the hens will be solid black was chicks and will be a solid color with maybe red coloring in the breasts as adults.

    Here are some sexlinks that I bred from a Buff Orp. roo on Barred Rock hens.

    Dayold pullets

    Dayold roos

    5 wk old pullet

    5wk old roo

    5 month old pullets

    5 month old roos
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2009

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