difference between black australorp and black star

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Ollyc2k, May 17, 2009.

  1. Ollyc2k

    Ollyc2k New Egg

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    I bought black star started pullets from Macmurray hatchery and I'm not sure what I got, from what I read It sounds like I got a black australorp. Because of the green tint on it's feather, small comb, and dark legs with white skin. Can someone please verify or explain the differences.
     
  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    A Black Star is just another name for a Black Sex-link. Black Sex-links are a cross between a Rhode Island Red rooster, and Barred Rocks hens. A BSL will have a some red in her chest when she is fully grown, if it is a hen. The Males will be barred like their mother. As chicks, a BSL hen is fully black with the males having the white dot on their head like a Barred Rock chick would.

    A Black Australorp, however, will have a white chest and underside as a chick with black legs.

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  3. Poultry Palace

    Poultry Palace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    exactly
     
  4. Hooligans7

    Hooligans7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I did a Google search asking if australorps were used in breeding black stars, and this post turned up. From your explanation, I may not have black stars — and I don't know else they could be. So here's a photo and maybe you can identify the breed. I made it large so you can click on it for a closeup look. Her legs are dark, nearly black. What do you think?

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  5. Year of the Rooster

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  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    She does look to be a black sex link/black star.
     
  7. Hooligans7

    Hooligans7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Sebright and donrae! Nice to know what I've got.
     

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