Other common names: Red Star Sex Link; Red Shaver
The Red Sex Link Chicken is any sex-link chicken in which hens hatch reddish in color. The Red Sex Link Chicken is a cross breed created from a Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire rooster and a White Rock, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Rhode Island White or Delaware hen. This breed has not been given recognition by the American Poultry Association. Many hatcheries create their own brand names for sex link chickens.
Sex-linkable chickens are cross-bred chickens in which you can tell the difference between male and female chicks when they are hatched because of their different colors. Being able to distinguish gender by color is helpful because sexing baby chicks can only be done reliably for a couple of days after hatching, and can be quite challenging. As most chicken owners are looking for hens, being able to confidently know you are not going to end up with a rooster is very helpful.
Varieties (Single Comb): Hens are red with white splotches and roosters are white with red splotches.
Weight: 5 - 7 lbs
Personality: Hens are very outgoing animals, that can great pets. Roosters may be aggressive.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra Large - Jumbo
What else you should know:
Red Sex Link Hens are prolific layers, which can make egg binding a problem. To prevent egg binding, make sure your hens get appropriate levels of exercise, protein and calcium. The Production Red’s life expectancy is often shortened, due to its extreme productivity. If you intend to house large numbers of Production Reds, you may want to consider vaccinating your flock.
In a large flock the Production Red can become rather robotic, and often tends to feather peck in kept in small quarters.
Red Sex Link Chickens are color sexable as chicks. Cockerels are white, and the pullets are more brownish-red in color.
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small yolk, secure enclosure
various climates, vegetable scraps, occasional roast chicken, relatively calm nature
Chilled out chicken
We have a mixture of hens and roosters. They were sold to us as a variety called ISA Brown, but they are really a Red Sexlink chicken. At around six months of age, our hens started laying. We find that they produce more eggs than our White Leghorns--sometimes two per day. The chickens themselves are a pretty reddish-brown color, and they lay tan/ brown colored eggs. We find that these chickens have a very friendly disposition. They are some of the easiest chickens for us to work with. .
From Aphebus Jun 17 2018 2:03AM
Always provide access to fresh water
Chickens are messy. Their water gets dirty quick. This can be a problem because chickens will usually only drink clean drinking water, like the majority of us. They need water in order to lay eggs so I would change their water around twice a day. Once in the morning then in the evening. Its a simple task and will keep the chickens happy, healthy, and laying plenty of eggs!.
From AmberForsythe17 291 days ago
Maybe keep looking?
My experience with the Red Sex Link hen wasn’t ideal, though I’m not sure how many of the issues we experienced are typical for the breed or were unique to our girl.
We picked up Attila the Hen as a chick and as she grew, she became flighty and skittish and hovered near the bottom of the pecking order. Most of our chickens were happy to come and socialize with us, but this hen apparently thought we were the most terrifying creatures on earth. She escaped the enclosure from time to time and then couldn’t figure out how to get back in, so we would find her sleeping in the grass in indefensible locations on those mornings. Her coloring was a mix of light and dark reds and browns with a few errant black feathers in her tail, and her stature remained on the small side into adulthood.
When she started laying eggs, they were on the small side, and were a light brown color. Her egg laying was consistent for stretches of time, but there were periods when she would become broody and productivity dropped sharply. Before we re-homed her, she had taken to sleeping on the ground instead of the roost (possibly to avoid the other hens, but possibly because she was a little dim) and would get poop matted in her fluffy tail feathers. Bathing that hen’s butt was NOT the highlight of my time raising chickens.
All in all, she was not my favorite hen, but I hesitate to pin her deficiencies and less appealing qualities on the breed as a whole. If she was a good indication of the breed, I would recommend including them with other small, docile breeds..
From dcamorlinga Mar 24 2014 10:47PM