Other common names: Amber Link Chicken; Amber Hybrid Chicken; Amber Star Chicken; Amber Lee Chicken; Dekalb Amberlink
Amber Sex Links are a hybrid, that is created by crossing a Rhode Island Red rooster and a White Plymouth Rock hen. The Amber Link can be sexed as soon as they hatch, by looking at the chicks down color. Roosters hatch a pale yellow, and hens hatch orange.
Varieties (Single Comb): White with brown flecking
Weight: 5 - 8 lbs
Personality: Amber Links are docile and suitable pets
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra large
What else you should know:
Amber link chickens are very adaptable to non-cage operations and forage well. The hens start laying around five months of age, and can lay up to 320 eggs in their first year. After their first year of laying, hens slow down in production and are usually replaced by younger hens. Hybrid breeds are more likely to succumb to illness. It is often recommend to keep hybrid chicks on medicated starter, and vaccinate them for Mareks and Infectious Bronchitis.
egg production hens, good egg producer, superb temperament, great personalities, free run chickens
broody habit, pushier breed
store jumbo eggs, Amber Star Hens
Necessary for Flock Health
Providing adequate space for all flock members is necessary for maintaining flock health. When chickens don't have enough space disease can spread rapidly and the flock can become ill and die. It is recommended to have a minimum of four square feet of space for each chicken in a coop. .
From Mia B 435 days ago
Who's the Boss Lady
I only have experience with one Amber Sexlink hen, but it has been a very interesting one. Bossy is one of seven hens in my flock of various breeds. I have had them all since about 2 weeks of age. This hen got her name because she truly rules the roost. She is not overly aggressive, but is definitely in charge of the other hens, and took the longest of our birds to warm up to people. Though it took time, she is now quite friendly with our family (including the kids). She is however, the only hen in my flock to have gone broody. We free range our chickens by day, and close them in the hen house at night. She did not return to the coop one night, and I feared the worst for her. After two days, she returned to eat, but before I could catch her, she disappeared again. After searching for her extensively to no avail, and putting out an APB with the surrounding neighbors, we finally gave up and waited for her return. she did indeed return 2 days later, and this time I was ready. I lured her back to the coop with some food scraps and locked her in. Knowing that her eggs were not viable (I don't have a rooster), I decided to leave her cooped for a week or so, to break the broody habit. It worked, and I have not had any issues with her since. She has returned to providing a beautiful dark brown egg almost daily. I've learned a lot about chickens from this hen, but I don't think I would choose another Amber Sexlink based on my experience..
From JJewell Mar 5 2015 10:40AM