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."
Recent User Reviews
"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.
"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.