Red and black sex-link chickens are some of the most popular hybrid chickens around and seem to be rapidly finding their homes in many chicken coops. Well known for their quick growth and high production rate of large brown eggs, these are undoubtedly well-loved chickens. During the springtime, you can probably find some sex-links in just about any feed store selling chicks due to their widespread popularity.
No worries, our comprehensive guide to this seemingly multifaceted bird will help to clear up most — if not all of — your questions. Throughout the years, traditional small farms and backyards would supply eggs and meat for themselves and their neighbors. However in the mid-twentieth century this saw a decline, and as a substitute came the beginnings of the large-scale, poultry industry giants.
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A Sex-link is not an actual breed, but usually the crossing of two breeds of dissimilar colors. This hybridization produces male chicks, or cockerels, of one color and female chicks, or pullets, of another and sometimes a different feather count in wings. Most sex-links are not pure bred, though a few pure breeds can be color sexed at hatching. Special Qualities: Most sex link chickens are considered Production chickens.
By Don Schrider — At Backyard Poultry we get questions all the time asking for help identifying the breed of various chickens. Such poultry can be very productive and useful for the backyard fancier but cannot be considered a breed. In other words, a breed breeds true.
The pullets produced are primarily black with varying amounts of rust-colored breasts. One of our Black Star Chickens was all black with an iridescent green cast to the feathers. I will always have a few of these hardy, production-bred gals among our laying hens.
Sonia Scheller — August 3, These chicks were received thru the mail and were so healthy and hardy. They are growing fast and very friendly.
Sex-links  are crossbred chickens whose color at hatching is differentiated by sex, thus making chick sexing an easier process. Sex-links come in several varieties. As hybrids of laying or dual-purpose breeds infused with extra vigor via heterosissex-links can be extremely good egg-layers which often produce eggs a year or more depending on the quality of care and feed.
These brown egg layers are easy to raise, lay lots of large brown eggs, and have a good feed-conversion ratio. Mature hens have reddish brown feathers with flecks of white throughout. Males are all white with nice yellow skin.