Red stars with black feathers?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by FourandSix, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. FourandSix

    FourandSix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got two red stars at the feed store in august and now that they are fully feathered, they have mostly black tail feathers and a few black/red one throughout their body and one has some on her neck. Do red stars normally have some black feathers?
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Sounds like you got black sex links instead.
     
  3. FourandSix

    FourandSix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of their feathers are red though...
     
  4. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    Random black feathers occur in a lot of chickens, even in pure white ones. The odd or misplaced feathers are usually a sign of an impurity in the line, like a hybrid in the ancestry. Seeing how you're hens are a hybrid breed for a friendly and good layer chicken it shouldn't raise any alarms.

    [​IMG] I personally like the hybrids, I just got one, but she's a black sexlink not a red:

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  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Do you have a picture of them? What color were they as chicks?
     
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  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I think it just depends on the mix used to make the sex link. I've seen birds on here folks say were bought as sex links that have black points, where most of the sex links have white. Just a different recipe, I believe.
     
  7. FourandSix

    FourandSix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are some pictures of them at different stages of their lives. Sorry about the quality.
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  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Could be sex links or could be production reds. Either way, great layers of big ol' brown eggs.
     
  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree.
     
  10. icebat5000

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    I think those are new hampshires. I have to of them
     

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