Average User Rating:
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black and
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Black Star and Red Star are trade names used for hybrids of two other recognized breeds, not itself an APA recognized breed. They are one of many hybrids more commonly called Red Sex-Linked or Black Sex-links.

    Typically a red male chicken breed is crossed with a white or barred female to breed them.

    Crossing a Rhode Island Red male and a Delaware female makes a Red Star. By crossing a Rhode Island Red male and a Barred Plymouth Rock female, a Black Star is created.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Seldom, if ever
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    High (6-7/wk per chick)
    Egg Size: Large/XLarge
    Egg Color: Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, Easily handled, Calm, Bears confinement well, Docile, Quiet (unless lonely or danger involved), doesn't cackle before, during or after laying.

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Black and Red
    Breed Details:
    Red Star hens are friendly, docile, quiet, dependable layers. At maturity, the females weigh about 5 to 6 lbs. They are good pets for small backyards or excellent layers for large production flocks. Stars can be sorted by gender, based on their color characteristics at hatching. They will not breed true in the second or subsequent generations, thus the offspring of Stars will not be able to be accurately sexed based on color. Females are excellent layers and males make good fryers. Red star females are buff/red at hatch and mature to mostly red with a few white feathers. Red Star males are light yellow as chicks and mature to white with portions of red, buff, or brown. Black Star females are all black as chicks and mature to black with some accents of red. At hatch, males are black as well, but have a white spot on their heads as chicks and later they resemble the Barred Rock as adults. Hatcheries sometimes call them by their own brand names, and the crossings can vary slightly. Some of these brands include Red Star, Black Star, ISA Brown, Hubbard, Gingernut Ranger, Comet, Cinnamon Queen. Here are the most common hybrids and the crosses used to make them. Black Star/Black Sex Link: New Hampshire Red X Barred Rock. Rhode Island Red X Barred Rock.--- Red Star/Red Sex Link: RIR X Delware. RIR X White Leghorn. RIR X Rhode Island White. Production Red X Delaware.--- Cinnamon Queen: New Hampshire Red X Silver Laced Whyandotte.--- Golden Comet/ Gold Sex linked: New Hampshire Red X White Rock. RIR X Rhode Island White.--- Gingernut Ranger (found in the U.K.): RIR X Light Sussex.--- *Cockerel photo used with permission from BYC member "Rafter 7 Paint Horses."







Recent User Reviews

  1. Hardknockshomestead
  2. TheGreenManFarm
    "LOVE My "Ginger Girls" <3"
    Pros - Egg Size, Egg Laying, Temperament, Foraging, Beauty, All-Weather
    Cons - Matured into Egg Laying a Month Later
    Ok, so straight up I bought 15 pullets ("Golden Reds/Stars") from Reich's Poultry Farm in Pennsylvania. The only con in my experience with them has been that they matured into egg laying about a month later than my other birds (Leghorns, Easter Eggers & Ameraucanas). However, that wasn't really a con- they matured later, but skipped the small eggs graduating to bigger eggs steps and started laying full size big, beautiful brown eggs from the first! Their temperament is warm, very people friendly, and gentle; they come to me and interact with me, they like for me to pick them up and hold them, and they show a constant curiosity and positive interaction with me when I'm in their yard. They get along very well with each other and the other breeds as well, and this has born out through summer, autumn & now winter weather. They forage very well, they're thoroughly hardy (they've handled the 1F weather better than the other breeds so far), they lay frequently despite their youth and the winter season, and they are genuinely gorgeous birds to look at. My ginger girls are my favs!
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    Purchase Date:
    ~1 June 2018


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  3. NoFlyBackFarm
    "Good Info"
    Pros - All correct information
    Cons - Forget to post pics of the Star
    Excellently done!

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  1. RoosterML
    My first chickens were 5 Red Sexlinks. They are very friendly sometimes almost to much. Nearly step on them every time i walk into the pen. I can not walk out the back of my house without them running over to greet me. I would say close to 6 eggs per 7 days. Small frame/body but i guess all the energy goes into egg production. Mine do not get along well with others. They are the first to the feeder and kick everyone else out until they are done. First for treats and run everyone else off. The 2 bosses stand up to the inlaws dog and also saved each other from a coyote. You had to see it to believe it. Coyote was about 2' from grabbing one and the other ran up to/towards the coyote just in time to distract it and give the other time to get away. Both hauled ass into the barn after that. So if i had to sum it up i would say they are some fearless loud mouth egg laying very friendly machines. Yep thats about right !!
  2. Hickory Tree Duke
    Best chickens I’ve ever had! Just raised up eight more this spring.
  3. AHPFblack star
    We have 24 of the Black Star and they are wonderful birds. If you are looking to sell brown eggs these are the birds!
  4. AHPFblack star
    We have 24 of the Black Star and they are wonderful birds. If you are looking to sell brown eggs these are the birds!
  5. AHPFblack star
    We have 24 of the Black Star and they are wonderful birds. If you are looking to sell brown eggs these are the birds!
  6. midnoight
    Never knew this breed existed- now I know we have one! We bought 6 from tractor supply thinking they were some sort of Rhode island or New Hampshire red. We had 2 get hit by a car and 4 make it to adulthood. All were very bold and boisterous (although they couldn't match our barred rock hens), and layed a fair amount of eggs, again, couldn't match or barred rocks. I loved them, although, we've had a lot of health problems and health-related deaths from these birds, usually around 2 or 3 years of age. We think it was egg-laying difficulty or heart problems. We currently have 1 Red star hen left named Flappy, and she's in perfect health (and head hen, finally)!
  7. SweetTea&Chicks
    Love my Red stars! One of them (Jennie Mae) is the sweetest thing. A great chicken for laying and for beginners. They are also very friendly.
  8. Valair
    I think this is the type I least I now know what breed. I did think Road island reds. But I like red star, they are my stars for friendly and character.
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  9. pamonarch
    i love my Red Stars!! They are the best layers and very friendly! My one Red Star lays double yolkers almost everytime and very early in the morning! I have 3 and they are all followers..when i have a bucket of scratch, they all come running for a snack, lol!
  10. janz70
    also white star

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