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  • 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. Norseman
    "Miss my girls"
    Pros - I had several that I lost this past year to a predator. But I loved these birds! Egg laying machines! Big eggs consistently! Comfortable/inquisitive around people - not timid. Handle Texas heat well. Do well in pen.
    Cons - They eat A LOT! Can be a bit bossy with other breeds- better to have in flock of six or more to disperse any bossy behavior.
  2. BlueHenDel
    "I love my Little Red Hens!"
    Pros - Egg-laying machine
    Friendly, smart, inquisitive, plucky
    Cons - None for my purposes
    Let's just say this: My Cinnamon died over a year ago from a tumor. I still grieve for her and miss her cheeky self so much!
  3. mrsfoxypants
    "LOVE my Red Stars!"
    Pros - Great layers, friendly, early layers, consistent even in winter
    Cons - Not dual purpose
    I have 5 red stars and 3 black stars (1 year old). The Red Stars started laying very early (17-18 weeks), and lay wonderfully. I live in Montana and they laid about half as much in the winter. While they aren't as friendly as orpingtons, they are friendly enough. They have a very small body- not a dual purpose bird. They are pretty hearty and robust.

    I am not as excited about my black stars mostly because 1 of them didn't lay for a year (but now she does!) and they are much less friendly (especially to new birds). I also think their eggs are a little smaller, but I can't be sure. I don't think I'd get black stars again just because I like the red stars better - but they are fine birds. They have gorgeous feathers.

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  1. Hickory Tree Duke
    Best chickens I’ve ever had! Just raised up eight more this spring.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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)!
  6. SweetTea&Chicks
    Love my Red stars! One of them (Jennie Mae) is the sweetest thing. A great chicken for laying and for beginners. They are also very friendly.
  7. Valair
    I think this is the type I have...at least I now know what breed. I did think Road island reds. But I like red star, they are my stars for sure...so friendly and character.
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  8. 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!
  9. 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

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