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post #11 of 16
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Yeah, I guess the post changed focus a little because it turned to breeding black stars.  Do you know if they lay as well as red stars?  I've never had one.  It might be easier to start out with black starts since I could use a roo I already have and be on the look out for quality stock if I want to breed red stars.  Thanks for the breed suggestions!  I have plenty of space so maybe I'll get breeding pens with both of them.... chicken math is truly pathological...

post #12 of 16

They should produce just as well. 

post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Secretlyspotted View Post

Yeah, I guess the post changed focus a little because it turned to breeding black stars.  Do you know if they lay as well as red stars?  I've never had one.  It might be easier to start out with black starts since I could use a roo I already have and be on the look out for quality stock if I want to breed red stars.  Thanks for the breed suggestions!  I have plenty of space so maybe I'll get breeding pens with both of them.... chicken math is truly pathological...

I never was a fan of either one. My dad did have both for a couple of years.

The Black Star seem to start a tad bit later laying and some not as frequently as a Red Star.

But they also lay a little longer than the Red Star.
post #14 of 16

White Leghorns aren't an appropriate female for a red sex link cross. They carry dominant white, which masks other colors. Light Sussex, Delawares, Rhode Island Whites are all better choices.

 

If you're interested in sex links, have you looked at Tim's chart? Ignore the massive page count, all the good info is on the first page in that first post. he clearly spells out what birds to use for different sex link crosses.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/261208/sex-linked-information/740

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post #15 of 16

so you breed an RIR Rooster and a white rock or delaware hen to get a Red Star.  what would happen if i bred a Barred Rock with a Red Star.  what would they look like and would they still have gender differences despite the extra mix? 

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so you breed an RIR Rooster and a white rock or delaware hen to get a Red Star.  what would happen if i bred a Barred Rock with a Red Star.  what would they look like and would they still have gender differences despite the extra mix? 

If the Barred Rock is the rooster, than all the chicks will be barred. There will be no way to tell the males from the females at hatching. The gender differences in sexlinks only work for first generation crossing. Most of the chicks will have black and white barring with some gold/red.

 

Barred Rock hens can be used to produce black sexlinks, but Red Star roosters are not the best choice of rooster to use. Delaware hens will pass their barring gene to their male chicks. Which means he could pass a barring to any of his offspring, male or female. White Rocks can be dominant white and be carrying hidden barring genes. 

You can try and see if the chicks are sexable at hatch, but don't count on it.

 

The gender differences in red sexlinks is entirely based on the fact that a silver-base color hen can only pass that silver color to her male chicks, and that silver gene is dominant over red/gold based colors. Female chicks can not inherit the silver color from their mothers, so they only get their father's red/gold color. Males get their mother's dominant silver color, but they also get their father's red/gold genes. The red/gold genes only begin to express as the males begin to reach maturity.

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