Black Sex Link Chicken

(15 customer reviews)

As low as: $2.80

Hatching on May 29, 2024

Order now for estimated delivery by June 1, 2024.

  • Black Sex Link – Sold as Baby Chicks Only
       Minimums – Not Sexed = 3 
                          Female = 3
                          Male = 1    
                                Total of 3 birds to ship
Seasonal/Shipped Feb thru September


Breed Facts

  • Poultry Show Class:  Not applicable
  • Weights: Hen—–6-7 lbs
    Rooster——8-9 lbs
    Pullet—6 lbs
    Cockerel—-8 lbs
  • Purpose and Type: Egg laying; Production
  • Egg Shell Color: Light Brown
  • Egg Production: 200 – 280  eggs per year (estimates only, see FAQ)
  • Egg Size: Large
  • Temperament: Active
  • Gender Accuracy: 95-100%
  • Fertility Percentage: 65-80%
  • Broody: Non Setter
  • Mating Ratio: 10 Females to 1 Male
  • Roost Height: 2 to 4 feet
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • APA: No
  • TLC: Not Listed
  • Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline or strain of Black Sex Link since 1992.


The Sex Link Hybrid is the result of crossing two heritage purebred poultry standard chicken breeds together. One of our best  Cackle Hatchery® production/bloodlines of Rhode Island Red chicken rooster and one of our best Cackle Hatchery®’production/bloodlines of Barred Rock chicken hen and cross them to give you this outstanding brown egg-laying hen offspring. The baby chicks for sale from this original cross are color sexable chicks- the grown roosters have faded barred with light colored neck hackle feathers, grown pullets or hens are black with red mixed in their neck hackle feathers. This hybrid chicken breed makes for very vigorous chicks, rugged brown egg laying hens and good cockerel chicken fryers. Although not a show chicken, they are great for raising hens for eggs and pet chickens for the backyard or farm. Many customers like the Black Sex Link chicken for raising free range chicken eggs or organic free range chickens. Cackle Hatchery® ’s chicken hatchery produces many of these chicks for customers at our store and for chickens for sale online. Be sure to reserve an order for these Black Sex Link baby chicks for sale.

NOTE: These baby chicks look a little small, but their short chick fuzz is deceiving as baby chicks.


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15 reviews for Black Sex Link Chicken

  1. Kris B

    Very healthy chicks!

    We received our order of 15 as promised in February 2020. The chicks were packed well for the cool temperatures. All, plus a couple extra, arrived and have grown into very active, healthy pullets! We are waiting to see about egg production in a couple of months. We will post an update in a few months. Thanks to Cackle Hatchery for excellent product and service!

  2. Black sex link

    Excellent free range layers

    Good layers and decent meat birds

  3. Commendable Service and Packing


    Over the past seven years we have ordered from over a dozen different hatcheries, including (and most often) Cackle. We have ordered from you for years and have always been impressed with the quality of the chicks, and your service which is above and beyond the average. Our most recent order, however, was even more remarkable – they shipped during extreme cold, and not only did they all arrive alive, they were boxed in the most exceptional and thoughtful packing of heat packs and straw pads we have ever seen, courtesy of your packer “Angie M”. All of the chicks from this order have continued to show the high standard of quality and good growth and health we have come to expect from your birds. Please give our regards to the packer of our order and keep up the amazing work. Thank you

  4. Rhodyray

    After two years

    Have three types of chickens (BSL, RSL, Austra White) of which this is one and I find that they aren’t the best layers but are also not the worst layers I have. One is a bully but if she is allowed to free range seems to calm down.

  5. MMH

    Wonderful chicks

    We ordered a mixed flock of chicks to start our backyard flock. Ordered 16 birds (black sex link, australorp, wyandotte, buff orpington, barred rock bantam, rhode island red bantam), received 19 chicks-guess they through in a couple extra in case of shipping losses. All arrived happy and chirping; they are now 12 days old and all still doing well. Note the estimated arrival date on the USPS tracking site is based on them delivering them to your house. Since they hold them at the post office, they may arrive SOONER. We were expecting them on Friday (shipped Wednesday), but got a call from USPS Thursday that they had arrived. Had to scramble a bit since we were planning on another 24 hours (not the hatchery’s fault at all). BE SURE you are all set up and ready to go before you order and be prepared for early arrivals.

  6. Rhodyray


    On 12/5/2016 I provided a review of my new Black Sex Link, Red Sex Link, and Austra White chickens and wish to provide further feedback. The Black Sex Link has become the best egg layer in my small flock of six. The Austra White’s have slacked off and the Red Sex Link has been somewhere in the middle. Austra White’s sometimes have bad temper days and although smaller than the rest will act like they are in full charge. I wholeheartedly believe the Black Sex Link is a better choice of the three.

  7. Retirement is great

    Great service

    Ordered Sunday 6 p.m. arrived Tuesday 7:30 a.m. all healthy and thriving service could not have been better.

  8. Rhodyray

    Good hens

    Beautiful birds laying light brown eggs. One was a bully but that was taken care of by removing her from the flock, placing her in an animal cage, and let her watch the others free-range for three days before reintroducing. She has behaved since. Husky birds for their weight.

  9. rhodyray

    Good with a bump of two.

    Consistent layer of medium to large eggs. Don’t have expectations of extra large or jumbo eggs from these birds. One was picking on an Austra White badly to the point blood would be streaming out of the comb. Isolated the bad hen in a pet cage for three days and let her watch the other hens free-range. Yup, I’m a parent that believes in effective discipline. Let her re-mingle after the three-day period while the other free-ranged and have an incident free existence since. The victim now has shown no fear of the former wicked hen and they hopefully living happily every after.

  10. greenmamato3

    we love our blacks!

    We ordered our 15 chicks (all pullets) for Sept ’15 and were delighted with raising chicks in the fall. We are just a few weeks away, now, from receiving our first eggs. All the girls have grown vigorously and are great foragers. We have 4 black sexlinks, 5 barred rocks, and 6 brown leghorns. The color variation in the black sexlinks is beautiful. They are quasi iridescent. They adapted well when they experienced their first cold nights and are very reliable to go back to their coop each night. Thank you so much for the high quality birds you sent us! We are very happy cackle patrons!

  11. LeAnna Indiana August 2009

    Regarding my recent order

    I received my order today and I just wanted to say what a great customer service I received from the initial phone call when I placed the order and the helpful lady who talked to me about my order all the way to receiving them today. They all arrived in great shape and looked lively. Once again, great customer service! I will absolutely order from you again. and will recommend you to all my friends. Thanks a lot!

  12. Melissa, Texas Sept 2014

    Thank You

    I am sending you this note to tell you how happy I’ve been over the years with the chicks you’ve sent and your wonderful service. I now have a small flock of laying hens we hatched from some of the chicks we got from you a few years ago. They are healthy and productive. We once had a few chicks arrive (thru no fault of yours) a day late and we lost some, you were wonderful about replacing them. So I just wanted to say thank you from a happy loyal customer.

  13. Jeremy & Jaclyn Kansas June 2011

    Cackle Hatchery

    Thank you for the timely delivery of our 25 new chicks. We ordered them Tuesday, shipped Wednesday and we received them today. They are all healthy and alive and are full of life and vigor. You will received our continued support. Thanks Again,

  14. Joann Nevada May 2011

    Dear Folks at Cackle Hatchery

    Our turkeys and chickens arrived today at the post office. They made it just fine…all but one turkey. And I think you sent an extra chick. They are in their brooder boxes and such and are doing fine. I want to thank all of you for your work and patience with me as a first time buyer and I look forward to doing business with you in the future.

  15. John, Illinois (received August 2014)

    Thank You

    I want to say thank you for your willingness to work with small backyard families. I have tried many other hatcheries and they would not work with small orders. If they would they would send cockerels along with the pullets for warmth and safety. Where I live I am not allowed to have roosters in my backyard flock. So again, thank you so much for making my dreams come true!

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