I remember not too long ago hearing about sex-link breeds and wondering what the heck they were. When we got our spring chicks this year, one of my selections was a Gold Sex-Link pullet, so I researched the topic a bit more to figure it out once and for all.
It turns out that these chickens are bred so that they can be sexed immediately after hatching simply by observing the color of the chick's fluff. In the case of the Gold Sex-Link breed (GSL), female chicks are yellowish white with streaks of gold or red in their fluff whereas male chicks are solid yellow. To get GSL chickens, breeders match up a Rhode Island White female with a Rhode Island Red male. When they are mature, GSL roosters are solid white and the hens are gold with white trimming.
|Our GSL, Penelope (aka "Penny"), in the background.|
Penelope has such beautiful golden feathers with a little white scattered about and just peeking through in spots. The white is more prominent in her glorious fluffy bottom and in the pointy feathers around her neck.
Penny is the friendliest of all the spring chicks and always runs up to me when I go to the chicken coop. If I bend down and call her, she will come right over for a little back rub. She is the most outgoing and adventurous of the spring chicks as well and has been getting herself into trouble lately by flying out of the run! We have clipped her wings so that should keep her safe inside the run from now on. When we are home we do like to let the chickens out for supervised free ranging, but to make sure they are safe while we're gone during the day they stay inside a large fenced run with Duchess.
|Exploring the woods.|
Penny hasn't started laying yet, but hopefully soon she will begin laying her large brown eggs. GSL hens are known for their good egg production, so we should see lots of gorgeous eggs from her anytime now.
Do you have any sex-link breeds in your flock?
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