Steady and reliable are the reasons poultry owners give for choosing Amberlink chickens. Adaptable is another important trait, so a smallholder who wants to set up a small flock of chickens should consider this breed.
The Amberlink is a hybrid that is a good egg producer. (A hybrid chicken is created by crossing two or more different pure breeds and sometimes crossing further after this. There are hybrid crosses that produce table birds and hybrid crosses that produce hens for laying. Hybridisation developed in the 1950s.)
Sometimes they are called Amber Star or Amber White chickens.
Description of Amberlink Chickens
They hens are white birds with brown flecking, while the males tend more to beige and brown colouring. The males reach a mature weight of about 2.5 to2.7kg and the females mature at about 2 kg.
These weights make the bird flexible enough to thrive in confined or free range environments. While they do well in confined spaces, they do equally well at foraging even from a young age, happily scratching for their food.
They are active chickens. If you get them as young chickens, it’s best to allow them to adjust to their new coop and learn how to roost properly. Once they’ve adjusted to their new home they’ll come back to the coop by themselves in the evenings instead of trying to roost in the trees.
They are hardy birds and are capable of flourishing in most climatic conditions.
The breed is docile, curious, and friendly, with distinct personalities. They are easy to handle and generally good with children. They welcome any form of attention, especially when food is involved. Their docile temperament allows them to get along with other heavy breeds.
Their fans will tell you that the best reason for choosing Amberlink chickens is the egg production. The hens start laying around five months of age, and can lay up to 320 eggs in their first year. After their first year of laying, hens slow down in production. The eggs are large to extra large and brown. The incidence of double yolks is quite high.
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