Confused! Isa Browns and red stars???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by 77horses, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    I know that red stars are the same thing as cinnamon queens, red sex-links, and other names of the same breed, but after looking at isa brown pullets, i noticed that thye look exactly the same as our pullets! [​IMG] Now I'm really confused! Is the red star also called an isa brown??? I didn't know that this one another name that people call red sex links...??? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Help!!! are iusa browns the same as red stars??
  2. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Any bird that has been crossed so that it can be color sexed is called a SEX-LINK.

    That being said. It's the "copyright" infringement that causes each hatchery to create a "name" for their sex-link.

    Isa Browns are copyrighted by a certain company.
    Golden Comets are copyrighted by another company.

    However BOTH of those lines that are copyrighted...are brown, gold, or red sex-links.
  3. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    aww OK. That's still confusing but I was just wondering if isa browns are the same as red stars, golden comets, etc... [​IMG] Thanks!
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Sort of but not entirely.

    They involve the same or similar breeds as parents. (There is more than one combination you can cross and get a basic-red-sexlink-lookin' hen [​IMG])

    However, the particular LINES from which the parents come, are different among the different 'name brand' sexlinks. ISA Browns for instance come from specific male and female lines, selected for years to 'nick' particularly well to produce birds with the ISA Brown characteristics. Same process for the other named sexlinks.

    There are differences among different types of sexlinks (ISA Browns vs Cinnamon Queens vs Shaver Reds vs etc etc etc), even though they look fairly similar.

    Does that help any?

  5. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    I believe the 'original' ISA Browns were a French project which crossed RIR with RIW. Supposedly the offspring breed true.

    Red Stars are/were a RIR crossed with barred rock or even something like a leghorn. Offspring do not breed true. Anyone is welcome to correct me here if they know for sure.

    The main goal was to produce a quality layer and an easily sexed hatchling for production layer flocks.

    Either type produces great egg laying hens of good temperment!

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