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. CuckooTheCrazyChicken
    "Super friendly and lay great!"
    Pros - Extremely friendly, never broody, beautiful colors, beautiful big eggs, amazing personalities!
    Cons - Brown all the grass with their strong poop.
    That con goes for all chickens I think.

    They are the first chickens I've ever owned, but compared to other chickens, they are *one of the* best breeds. The most friendly definitely. All of my chickens have beautiful shiny coats.

    To sum it all up, they are the best. I love each of them like family and they love me.[​IMG]
    Jac Jac likes this.
  2. Manedwolfy
    "More like 3 1/2 stars"
    Pros - I like the colors
    Not extremely loud for a rooster
    Not very aggressive with other roos
    Likes attention but doesn't like being picked up
    Cons - Their very big comb can get frostbite
    Don't like confinement
    I had two red sex link roos, which were SUPPOSED to be hens... ironic how they are supposed to be easier to sex.

    I mostly enjoyed them, they didn't pick any fights with the top EE rooster other than quick pecks or staring each other down. The two roosters actually fought more.
    They crowed a good amount but not that loud. They also loved coming to me for treats and one would sometimes jump on my shoulder.
  3. Hardknockshomestead
    "Good basic info."
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  1. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
  2. Grateful Ed
    Loved our Red Stars. Haven't had any for a couple years now but we do miss those jumbo eggs. People used to freak when I'd give them 1/2 dozen Red Star and 1/2 dozen regular. Sometimes just for fun I'd fill a carton with 1/2 little Americana greens and 1/2 Red Star jumbo brown. The little green eggs really made the jumbo's look even bigger. People would think we were try to slip Goose eggs in on them.
      Jac Jac likes this.
  3. pamonarch
    i just found one of my barred rocks dead in the coop this morning..i noticed last night that she had a lot of yellowish white diahrea ..I cleaned up her vent and feathers and she seemed fine...this morning she was dead just by the waterer I have hanging in the coop...she had some slim in her beak...any ideas?...she was eating and drinking fine yesterday...
  4. WitchyCatlady
    I'm very happy with our Red Stars
  5. 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 !!
    1. Jac Jac
      Mine are awesome too. I just got back into chickens after over 40 years as a travel nurse, and the Fearsome Four don't let anything or anyone get too close to me if they have their way. Even our police dog has to wait his turn. It's so wonderful to be loved by these young Clucks. They're not very loud but they talk to me to get their point across. If I decide to breed them I have two very young pure RIRs up for the task. "Yeo, that's about right!!"
      Jac Jac, Jun 8, 2019
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  6. Hickory Tree Duke
    Best chickens I’ve ever had! Just raised up eight more this spring.
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
      WitchyCatlady likes this.
  10. 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)!

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