Posted Apr 15, 2014
I got my first six chickens about two years ago. We raised them from chicks and, when they were large enough, moved them to a coop in my backyard, allowing them freedom to move about the yard during the day. Two of the chickens, nerdily named Neo and Trinity, are Black Sex Links. Though I love them dearly, they are certainly the least pleasant of the bunch. As they grew, they seemed to become larger than the other four chickens more quickly. They both became a bit aggressive with the other hens, pecking at their feathers or even jumping on them. Whenever someone came out to give the group a tasty treat, Neo and Trinity often pushed other hens out of the way or stole pieces of food from them. Neo was also the first chicken of the bunch to get broody (which then set off Trinity, and the rest of the group!). For weeks, Neo would not socialize with myself or any of my family members and would constantly make a rather loud fuss. However, as the pair have gotten older, they seem to have mellowed out a bit. None of my chickens are broody any longer, they've stopped picking on each other and have quieted down (a bit). There have been some lovely moments with Neo and Trinity (petting and whatnot) and they are both rather good layers in general. All in all, I have had an adequate experience with this breed of chicken, but would rather reccommend the friendlier Rhode Island Red breed, especially for those with children.