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 Black Sex Link/Black Star


We ended our Barred Rock and Welsummer breeding programs and are no longer providing them for sale.  We have a small number of select Barred Rock hens to mother our Black Star hybrids and a few Welsummer hens to provide us with dark brown eggs.

Hens don’t need a rooster to lay eggs.  They will lay regardless.  If you want fertile eggs, however, you need a rooster.  Once we got a rooster we started hatching our own chicks.  We also bought fertile eggs from other reputable small breeders who have healthy lines of purebred chickens we wanted.  You don’t have to raise purebred chickens either.  The advantage to pure breeds is the predictability of their size, egg laying habits, color and conformity.  These attributes are important if you intend your chickens to produce eggs and/or meat for you.  Predictability is important for long term planning for self sufficiency.  Of course, the pure joy of raising chicks and watching them grow into happy, healthy chickens does not require this kind of predictability.  In fact, our mixed-breeds, mutts, or “experimental breed” chicks are often our most fascinating chickens.  They tend to be happy and healthy.  They thrive.  The old concept of “hybrid vigor” is proven over and over again.  Hybrid vigor is also the genetic law that governs the breeding of Black Sex Link/Black Star chickens.  In this case, two proven breeds are combined to make a thriving, egg laying dynamo.  They are called “sex links” because the gender of the chicks can be determined as day-old hatchlings according to coloring.  It is purely opinion on my part, but I like the Black Star hens the best.  They are the ideal dual purpose bird because they get large enough as mature hens and roosters to provide plenty of meat and the hens will lay eggs through the year, regardless of weather.   All of our chicken breeds can be sexed at birth according to colors and markings.  See the breed pages for specifics.