Brown Sex-Link Chicken

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)

Gender: Both





Hen brooding behavior


Foraging ability


Tolerance for heat


Tolerance for cold


Meat quantity


Egg quantity


Large eggs


Colorful eggs


Brown Hisex


Connecticut, United States

Posted Sep 25, 2015

My grandparents used to have these Hisex brown chickens (Leghorn cross-breed) for several years in a row until my granddad died and my granny moved in with us. These chickens are absolutely great for egg-laying. As long as we had a small farm-house, they were kept in a shed on straw beddings and there they slept at nights and laid eggs. We also arranged a certain area close to the shed that was surrounded with a sort of fence so that they were able to have a walk – they do love grass and by the end of the summer they managed to get rid of every single piece of grass they could lay their beaks upon)))

What I learned about breeding such hens is that their promised 85% egg production capacity won’t correspond to reality unless you stick to the correct light schedule. As we kept a small amount of them for personal use and not for mass egg production purposes (but still throughout a year) - we at first overlooked the need to add more light at the shed they lived in when autumn came and days got shorter and nights longer. As a result, instead of about 15-17 eggs a day (we had 20 chickens and 1 rooster) we actually got 8 to 10. Which was a surprise and at first we thought that they got ill.

In fact, chicken like ours live in accordance with nature – they wake up at sunrise and go to sleep as dawn comes; and if you live in a place where winter means less light, you would need to provide your chicken shed with some artificial light and add its amount gradually starting from, say, 7pm, then from 6 pm, and even earlier in December.

In all other ways they were absolutely all right and did not require much of special care.

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