Red Stars?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SamG347, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. SamG347

    SamG347 Songster

    Mar 4, 2007
    In my order to Mcmurray I wanted to get 2 red-star hens. But I have heard both good and bad about them. I was wondering if anyone has any from Mcmurray...please post pics and what you think of them.
    I will be getting the following breeds...

    2 Black Australorp
    2 Red Star
    3 White Orpington

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I have had a few red stars over the years. They lay great and are pretty with their white under coats.
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Red Star = Red Sex Link

    As with all sex linked hybrids, they are great layers. Some people claim they are short lived and over produce; but I've always felt this was more a result of them being typically housed in egg batteries (industrial egg farms). I think RSL's are very handsome birds.
  4. MNKris

    MNKris Songster

    Nov 1, 2007
    I have had MM red stars for about 5 years. Very friendly, gentle, great layers of xlarge and jumbo eggs. Their production does drop off significantly after about 2 years though, like a lot more than purebred heritage breeds and I haven't been overly thrilled with the egg shell quality on some of them. I keep oyster shell out at all times and where other breeds continue to produce excellent shells, sometimes theirs are a little thin. Could be because they lay a lot. They are very easy to raise, are kind of trouble makers on other chicks, but have very good appetites and take cold well.

    We are raising new Aussies and Red Stars together right now and they are two of the easiest keepers. Our Blue Andalusians, Red Stars and Australorps are the biggest "bullies" of the bunch. They walk all over the Cuckoo Marans, White Rocks, Buff Rocks, EEs, Cochins and believe it or not, RIRs too.
  5. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    My cousin has about 8 Red Star hens and 1 Red Star Roo. Here are some current pictures of them. They are just over 1 year old and laying like crazy. She gets large brown eggs from them every day. They are the best layers she has in her flock.



  6. meriruka

    meriruka Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    I love my Red Stars! [​IMG]They are the first chickens I ever got.
  7. SamG347

    SamG347 Songster

    Mar 4, 2007
    Thanks everyone! Sounds like we made a good pick choosing some red sexlinks for the flock. I have lots of different colored birds now...but only 1 red solid blacks...and no solid whites. So now I will have some new color in the flock as well.
  8. I just got 3 Ruby Red sex link chicks today, from Griffith's poultry farm. Thanks to you all for the pictures and the good feedback on them!
    Here's a close-up.

  9. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    my red stars or "red sex links" are great and have a sweet temperment. I love them to death
  10. BozemanChickenL

    BozemanChickenL Hatching

    May 17, 2012
    I am new to chickens, I have 3 red stars I got when they were a week old. One was a little runt that I spent lots of time on. Now she is the bossy one to the others! I have hand trained all of them, they love to have their belly rubbed or their neck, they will push each other out of the way to get their rubbies! I think they are really sweet, I make sure to spend time with them each day so they don't loose the training. I just love them. I heard they begin to lay at about 20 weeks, is that true?

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