My BIL and sister did all the research and found a great hatchery called Cackle Hatchery. You can see them here if chickens interest you... http://www.cacklehatchery.com/ Anyway, my BIL called me to ask which kind of chickens I preferred. I had to defer to the expert and tell him to choose. Eggs are eggs to me. He had my sister email me the link to Cackles and the kind of chickens we are getting for my information. She also emailed it my parents and the rest of our family.
This is where the situation took a funny turn. You see these little fuzzy babies in the photo? They caused quite a stir with Mom and Doc because they have a very peculiar name.
And they look like this when they grow up...
See, they really are just regular chickens...even attractive chickens with their black and white feathers. They just happen to have an "ahem" unusual name. I'm not sure who it was that looked at these little chickies and said "Hmm, I think a really great name for these birds would be "Black Sex Link Chickens." The Black part makes sense. They ARE black and white. The Link part, I'm sure I could come up with some rational reason that is part of the name. But the Sex part??? You got me there. Are they more randy than your typical chicken? I just don't know.
So Mom got the email with the name and sent back this response...
"I am happy about the chicks but think a name for chickens like "Black Sex Link" is something we probably shouldn't condone even if it is descriptive of the chickens. Sheesh. Yikes. Yuck. I mean, if someone you sell eggs to asks what kind of chickens you have do you really want to tell them they are eating Black Sex Link Eggs??? Really? If I had received this e-mail from someone other than Sis I would have suspected a pornography addiction!"
I thought this response was totally hilarious!
Then Doc came home from work and made me laugh even harder. You see, he had skimmed the emails from Sis and Mom. He was pretty disturbed because he thought "Black Sex Link" was what BIL decided to call the chickens. He was wondering if BIL had lost his mind! Especially considering these chickens would be roosting in my MOTHER'S chicken coop!
I was cracking up and told him that BIL is not insane and indeed that is the name of the BREED of chickens...not the nick name BIL gave them!
By the way, these are the other kinds of chickens we're getting...
Single Comb Rhode Island Reds
And Barred Rock Chickens.