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Black Sex Link Chicken

Overall satisfaction

2/5

Acquired: Breeder

Gender: Female

Appearance

2/5

Temperament

3/5

Hen brooding behavior

5/5

Foraging ability

3/5

Tolerance for heat

3/5

Tolerance for cold

3/5

Meat quantity

1/5

Egg quantity

5/5

Large eggs

4/5

Colorful eggs

3/5

Black Sex Link Hens

By

United States

Posted Feb 20, 2014

I’ve raised 3 different small flocks of Black Sex Links, or as I call them “Black Stars”. I no longer raise these birds because, although they are extreme layers of large brown eggs, I have found the breed, overall, to be an unhealthy one.

On the plus side, these birds are easy to keep, fairly friendly and lay a ton of eggs, for awhile anyway, they peak pretty early, after about a year of good laying they steadily decline for another year. The eggs these hens lay are medium brown and are of market quality.

I aquired 3 different small flocks from different breeders at different times. What I found across the board is that those birds had more cases of poorer health, minimal longevity and were a lot more prone to being what I can only describe as “crazy”, frantic. I believe these characteristics are the result of the breed being hyper bred to do little more than produce a high volume of eggs at the expense of their own health. I tried the variety breeders just to see if the patterns would hold true, and as I said, they did. Most birds did not live long after they stopped laying eggs.

Black Sex Links are definitely not a breed for me, I prefer hardier animals who are healthy and will have a pleasant life.

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