Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jan 22, 2015
I have quite a few black sex-link hens and they are great little birds. Plain black chickens with red crests, they are easy keepers, good egg layers, quiet and quite hardy. In fact, if it wasn't for my interest in having a mix of colours to look at, I might be tempted to have a whole flock of this kind of chicken!
I have never set out to buy black sex-links but they are not surprisingly very popular. Every time I look to buy more birds, this is one of the breeds I most commonly find available. A great little worker hen, many farms with mixed flocks have at least a few.
These birds are small, at least mine are, and so would not make for good eating. Once they outgrow their laying capacity, they might make decent soup chickens, but there's not much meat on these girls. They are designed for laying.
And lay they do. I have couple of hens who are at least five years old now, and I still find them sitting on nests. In my flock they rival only the Rhode Island Reds for prolific egg production, and their eggs are light blue.
Overall, if you are looking for a sturdy little easy keeping chicken that consistently produces a large number of eggs, I would recommend the black sex-link. Not overly exciting in looks they more than make up for their plain plumage with the mountains of blue eggs they offer.