Reading Time: 9 minutes. 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 advantage of pure breeds is that each generation of offspring can be counted on to look and perform in the same way as the previous generation.
Understanding Sex-Link Hybrid Chickens
Red Sex Link Chickens
Sex Link Chickens are most often purchased because you can easily tell males from females at a very young age. Production: These birds are dual purpose - they grow well enough to be good meat producers, and are also excellent layers. You can expect as many as eggs per year from each hen. History: Sex Linked chickens are hybrids, rather than true breeds. While some may find that their inability to breed true is an undesirable factor, the truth is that Red Sex Link birds end up with excellent qualities from both parents.
Red Sex Link
Red Sex Link Chickens are one of the top sellers in the industry because of the number of eggs they lay and hardiness. Excellent shell quality and texture. The Red Sex Link chicken is the result of crossing two heritage chicken breeds, pure Rhode Island Red chicken rooster with a pure Delaware chicken hen. The results are a color sexed baby chick and chick offspring of vigor and health.
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.