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Brown Sex-Link Chicken

Overall satisfaction

4.5/5

Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)

Gender: Both

Appearance

4/5

Temperament

4/5

Hen brooding behavior

5/5

Foraging ability

5/5

Tolerance for heat

4/5

Tolerance for cold

5/5

Meat quantity

4/5

Egg quantity

5/5

Large eggs

4/5

Colorful eggs

3/5

Brown Hisex

By

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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