Possible Astralorp?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cheeperchick, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. cheeperchick

    cheeperchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Need some help identifying these gals, they're about 2 months old. thanx!

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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Black sex link hens.
     
  3. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Black Star (also called Black Sex-Link)
     
  5. ChickenGrit

    ChickenGrit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Black Australorps are all black and have black legs. Yours has brown and lighter legs so I would guess Black Star.
     
  6. cheeperchick

    cheeperchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    K got it, thanks ;-)
     
  7. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Agreed!
     
  8. sarah2202

    sarah2202 Out Of The Brooder

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    These look identical to mine, I was told they were Australorp cross breads, what does Black Star Mean?
     
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  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Black star is a cross of a Red rooster over a barred Rock hen. The male babies have a white spot on the head and grow up barred like the momma, the females have a solid dark head and grow up to look like this. You can sex them at hatch by the color, thus they're called black sex links. Black Star is like a brand name of one hatchery for a black sex link.


    This is also a common color when you cross a black bird with another color, so if your birds are part Australorp, they could be bred with (to my understanding) several other breeds and get close to the same color. The difference being your Aussie parents wouldn't have sex-linked babies.

    Clear as mud?
     

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