Black Star Breeding

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ladychick85, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. ladychick85

    ladychick85 Hatching

    Jul 28, 2016
    I just got my new Flock of 5mth old Black Star and Australorp chickens. I have been looking for a black Star rooster and have not been able to find one without ordering. I currently have a lavender rooster in the pen with them.
    If I wanted to keep a nice egg laying chicken that is a sexlink could I use my lavender Rooster? Any other rooster options?
    I'm at a loss!
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop

    Black stars are not sex linked every generation - even if you got a black star rooster breeding him to your black star hen would not produce more sex linked offspring. Black star is just a hatchery name for black sex links, and as with all black sex links, they are not real breeds and crossing them back together just produces random mixed breed chicks.
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  3. dheltzel

    dheltzel Crowing

    Nov 30, 2013
    Pottstown, PA
    X2 on what @Pyxis said. If you want sexable chicks from your flock, look into one of the autosexing breeds that have become hugely popular of late:
    Cream Legbars - blue eggs
    Rhodebars - light brown eggs
    Bielefelders - medium brown eggs
    Welbars - dark brown eggs

    That will require that you keep them separate so they don't interbreed with your other roo. If you keep them separate, you will be able to sex any chicks at hatch.

    If all you are looking for is a great egg producer, and are willing to raise them until you can determine which are roos, then the black star can be paired with just about any roo and you will get great layers from her progeny. The hybrid vigor and high production from the sexlinks like your blackstar will hold for a few generations, perhaps not quite as prolific at laying, but close. It really depends on how involved you want to get in this.

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