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.
- 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
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.
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
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
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
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."
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"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!