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Star

Average User Rating:
4.43511/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black and
    Red
    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."

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Abronsyth
    3/5,
    "Wonderful birds with great personalities,..."
    Pros - Excellent layers, we were getting more huge brown eggs each week than we could possibly use.
    Cons - The high egg production rate makes for a shorter lifespan and great potential for egg-related issues.
    The first flock I helped raise was comprised of five red star hens and one rooster. The rooster was my sweet boy, and by far the best rooster we have ever, ever had. I miss him constantly. The hens were incredibly personable and sweet (for the most part, Jackie was a feisty girl!) They were all very calm and easy to handle and pick up. In fact they were so relaxed and friendly that trying to move them anywhere without carrying them could be difficult since we would have to just physically push them. Our sweet flock of six got us hooked on chickens with how wonderful they were. Our birds were totally free range and did very well with it, we never once lost one of our stars to a predator. They were always in their coop on time at night, and boy, that rooster was a beast when it came to keeping his girls safe. The downside was their lifespans being shortened by high egg production. We had each hen until her final moments, and they all made it to at least five years old, with two making it to six. The girls slowed down a lot in their age, but none of the other birds we eventually added ever dared question the authority of the stars. Sweet, wonderful birds, I'd recommend them to anyone.
    Overall:
    3.5
  2. Pendergast
    3/5,
    "Interesting birds"
    Pros - Great layers, lively
    Cons - Can be standoffish, escape artists
    Curiosity killed the cat. It hasn't killed my black stars yet, but I worry that eventually they'll wander somewhere they shouldn't have. Many a day I've found they've made it around 6 ft wood fencing and into the front yard/neighbor's yard/garden. Strong personalities. They try to pick on my Rhode Island Reds, who fortunately have a few years on them. I don't expect them to take kindly to newcomers. Not lap sitters but not entirely opposed to neck scratches. I think they're attractive birds, and they're the only chickens laying through the winter at a pace of 1 egg/day.
    Overall:
    3.5
  3. ameliadanielle
    5/5,
    "Great for laying"
    Pros - Lay an egg nealy every day without fail, friendly, great foragers
    Cons - Loud I laid an egg alarm
    We only have two red stars in our flock, they are amazing. One comes up to be petted, the other rides around on my shoulder when I'm outside. These two girls hands down beat our buff orpington ladies in the friendly department. They are sweet and lay without fail, also have not gone broody like our buff orpingtons. Ours even beat out our silkies in the friendly department. They are great foragers when allowed to free range, I nearly always get an egg a day from them. They are also very curious and always want to know what we are up to. They will follow us around the yard like puppies and let our daughter pet them. The only con is if you don't want to give them attention at any time they will demand it. They also very loudly announce to you when they have laid an egg. Every time. Sometimes for 5 minutes. They can be as loud as a rooster crowing in the morning. Our red star girls will run through the back door into the kitchen if they feel we haven't fed them soon enough. Ours have never failed to give us an egg since they started laying this summer. They really have opened our eyes to hybrid breeds. I am glad we have them in our flock. They have laid rain or shine, hot or cold weather, since they began laying this past summer. They also vary enough in looks we can easily tell them apart at a glance, unlike our other hens where we have to look very closely because they are so similar.

    We initially were not impressed, as our very young daughter picked them and we had no idea what they were until they feathered out. Now? We love them. Easily the favorite of the chickens in our flock that include Gold Laced Wyandottes, Buff Orpingtons, and one Rhode Island Red. It'll be a hard choice between Red Stars and EEs when we need to add some fresh, young egg laying hens to our flock.

    The only bad parts are the demands and the egg alarm. They demand attention. Where our other birds are content to have nothing to do with us as long as they have food, our red stars are in our business 24/7. They just have to know what's going on. They also very loudly announce they have laid an egg. Forever. Lol. It goes on forever, they love to do this even more than our RIR. I used to always run to the backyard thinking something was wrong, now I know it's just the egg alarm so I can empty the nest box.
    Overall:
    5

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  1. Gramma Chick
    I have one like that ...she is 3 1/2 years old ...I dont think she is still laying ..
    But she is like yours ...in my business ...esp if I am digging ......I love her Affectionately called Budge
  2. Gramma Chick
    I have one like that ...she is 3 1/2 years old ...I dont think she is still laying ..
    But she is like yours ...in my business ...esp if I am digging ......I love her Affectionately called Budge
  3. bluema
    I concur 100%. I'm so frustrated with mine and she's such a bully! Sweet and docile to me, and she's not high up in her pecking order, but if you're below her, watch out poor hens.
  4. bluema
    I concur 100%. I'm so frustrated with mine and she's such a bully! Sweet and docile to me, and she's not high up in her pecking order, but if you're below her, watch out poor hens.
  5. goofychickens
    RE MY EYES FAILING Me!?!??
    Here is my review on redstars.
    Pros:Beautiful, Friendly, PROLIFIC LAYERS.(they died before I could show them.)
    Cons:None, but mine died young
    Here is mine on black stars.
    Pros: pretty, sweet, pretty good layers, good for showing
    Cons: Extremely aggressive to sick birds, mean to new birds.
    Black stars are definitely not as good layers, but both are friendly.
  6. goofychickens
    RE MY EYES FAILING Me!?!??
    Here is my review on redstars.
    Pros:Beautiful, Friendly, PROLIFIC LAYERS.(they died before I could show them.)
    Cons:None, but mine died young
    Here is mine on black stars.
    Pros: pretty, sweet, pretty good layers, good for showing
    Cons: Extremely aggressive to sick birds, mean to new birds.
    Black stars are definitely not as good layers, but both are friendly.
  7. The Chicken-Boy
    On Red Stars.......
  8. The Chicken-Boy
    On Red Stars.......
  9. Nicks Chickens
    Do you know how long they live without genetic deseases?
  10. Nicks Chickens
    Do you know how long they live without genetic deseases?

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