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Other common names: Red Star Sex Link; Red Shaver

The basics:
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.

Types: Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Hens are red with white splotches and roosters are white with red splotches.
Uses: Eggs
Weight: 5 - 7 lbs
Personality: Hens are very outgoing animals, that can great pets. Roosters may be aggressive.
Broody: No
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.

wonderful

great egg producers, lovely brown eggs, easily kept chicken, health, backyard chickens

challenging

small yolk, secure enclosure

interesting

various climates, vegetable scraps, occasional roast chicken, relatively calm nature

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Red Sex Link Chicken

From Jan 23 2015 12:29AM

2.8/5

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Red Sex Link Chicken

From Mar 24 2014 10:47PM

1.5/5

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