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.
great egg producers, lovely brown eggs, easily kept chicken, health, backyard chickens
small yolk, secure enclosure
various climates, vegetable scraps, occasional roast chicken, relatively calm nature
Red sex links are something of a chicken "mutt" breed, but like many mutts, that seems to make them good, reliable birds with breed-specific difficulties.
My sex links often look scruffy, but they perform year to year without stress from weather extremes and keep giving large eggs of good quality without pampering.
There's really not a lot more to be said for these birds than that they are just what you think a chicken should be; they do their job without being wimpy about it, and keep producing year after year..
From MaryW Jul 24 2014 10:50AM
Red Sex-Link: by far the best egg layers
There is a reason that the red sex-link chicken is the standard laying breed at most hatcheries. These birds out lay pretty much any other breed. They are small but hardy and easy keepers, and they will lay mountains of brown eggs for you almost all year round.
I have had quite a few red sex-link hens in the three years I've own chickens. I keep inheriting them from other people downsizing their flocks, then passing them along to others when I downsize my own.
Even older red sex-links are still useful birds as, while their laying capacity slows down, they will continue to produce eggs for years. I had one who was at least six years old and she still gave me one or two eggs a week.
In my flock of 25-30 birds (my numbers vary depending on the efficiency of local predators) I have a handful of red sex-link. I keep them to ensure a regular inflow of brown eggs. I would keep more except I prefer heritage breeds and a variety of colours.
I also don't like that most sex-links come from commercial hatcheries and therefore have had their beaks cut off before sale. I don't agree with amputating any part of an animal and find this practice particularly distasteful. Chickens use their beaks constantly and having a shortened beak must affect their ability to enjoy being chickens. Not that I have ever heard any of them complaining. Still, it disturbs me to look at them.
I know quite a few people who have entire flocks of just this variety of bird, and if you are interested in getting as many eggs as possible, going with the red sex-link is not a bad idea. There really isn't anything negative I can say about the breed, other than the practices associated with it. They do what they are designed to do - lay eggs - exceptionally well, and are quiet, easy, clever and friendly..
From HeleneMarie Jan 23 2015 12:29AM
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