Last fall we had something kill all of our silver laced Wyandotte chickens when they were locked outside over night. After some thought I’ve decided to switch to sexlinks. Each spring I will alternate buying a few of either red or black. This will make it easy to identify which hens are two years old and need butchered. My second year buying reds will give me black sexlinks,that are a year old and reds that are approaching 2 years and ready for making chicken stock.
Our local farm supply store didn’t have any sexlinks the week we were ready for chicks so we ended up mail ordering them. Some guy wasn’t paying attention during the ordering process and ordered straight run instead of pullets. So while these cockerels in the picture with Sid are white they are indeed red sexlinks. The cockerels will all be butchered in a few weeks
I’ve had the reds in years past and really like their temperament and brown eggs. Two years ago I decided to try something new and went with the Wyandotte. I liked them and thought they were a beautiful bird but feel egg production was better with the sexlinks.
The disadvantage to the sexlinks is that they don’t breed back true. The only way to keep sexlinks around for me will be to buy some each year. This is why we decided to butcher cockerels instead of keeping them to propagate the flock.