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."






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Recent User Reviews

  1. JonesLaneChickens
    "Interesting Personalities"
    Pros - Great birds around kids
    Very observant and smart
    Nice big eggs!!!
    Cons - Rough on the lower chickens
    I really like our Red Stars! We started with two and have now gotten three more. The first two have officially stopped laying at 3 so very impressed with the production length. They have a tough personality and are kind of mean to the chickens that are the lowest of the pecking order. But they are so friendly!! When I have little kids come over, these are the chickens that I bring out for them to hold.
    They will perch on my arm or shoulder sometimes. I love the dark red eggs that they lay!!


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  2. Chullicken
    "Territorial or Passive..You find out after"
    Pros - Great egg production, personalities, ok feed conversion
    Cons - Can be very aggressive to flock mates
    Cheap, easy and readily available. The do confinement very well and do pretty good in the colder months of the year. Personalities are unique to the individual, fun to have around. However, they can on occasions be overly aggressive with flock mates to the point my rooster got involved and hushed them around a bit. If I was to do it over again, I think I would go with a different breed/type of chicken for my hobby.
  3. crazy rooster34
    "mean to newer chickens"
    Pros - Human friendly, nice large brown eggs, lots of eggs
    Cons - mean to anything other than itself
    these are great dont get me wrong, everything is perfect except, i put 6 new chicks and everything was fine until one of my hens decided she was going to be a rooster and started riding the 6 new chicks, needles to say I'm going to have a chicken diner soon, i know its the pecking order but 2 red stars in particular won't leave any one alone from riding them, pecking them, or just chasing, so 5 chickens are getting eaten:clap
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  1. 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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  2. 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!
  3. janz70
    also white star
    Can anyone tell me if they've ordered from Cackle Hatchery, especially any Rhode Island Reds or Golden Comets, Buff Orpingtons, White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, or Easter Eggers? I got a batch of Black Australorps from Chickens from Backyards (which has great service) that are extremely skidish and unfriendly. Also, if I get any new breeds again, I want to try to make sure that are somewhat friendly, fairly docile and/or at least will fit well in a mixed flock without much aggression (allowing for a normal pecking order of course) and be easy to handle.
    1. RyanfromPA
      I ordered from crackle and have nothing but good things to say about them so far.
      RyanfromPA, Sep 10, 2017
    2. pamonarch
      i ordered all mine from Mc Murray Hatchery in Iowa...great service and all the chick arrived in PA healthy and happy! They have all turned out to be great chickens and layers!! LOve them all!!
      pamonarch, Mar 5, 2018
  5. 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 my business ...esp if I am digging ......I love her Affectionately called Budge
  6. 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.
  7. goofychickens
    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.
  8. The Chicken-Boy
    On Red Stars.......
  9. Nicks Chickens
    Do you know how long they live without genetic deseases?
  10. Ringtailtwister
    Sorry that your hen disappeared I know how you feel. I hope to catch the critter that's been catching mine tonight. I hope you have better luck with your next one.

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