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.