REDSTAR

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by bigmac03, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. bigmac03

    bigmac03 Out Of The Brooder

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    HOW DO YOU GET A REDSTAR? CAN YOU BREED A REDSTAR ROOSTER AND A REDSTAR HEN AND GET A REDSTAR?
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Red Stars are a kind of Red Sex Link, a cross where the parents colors are specially selected so their offspring can be sexed at hatch by their down color. You can not breed two RSLs and get more chicks that can be sexed by down color at hatch. (The Red Star itself is a 'brand name" RSL sold by certain hatcheries, there are a bunch of different commercial RSLs sold under various names, ie ISA Brown, Golden Comet, Golden Buff etc.)
    Here is a nice thread on breeding sex links in general https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/261208/sex-linked-information
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Red stars are a hybrid cross - so they don't produce true.
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. As drumstick diva and Kelsie2290 have said, Red Stars are hybrids and will not breed true. Red Star is one of a number of labels under which some hatcheries market their Red Sex Links, which are produced by crossing a red gene rooster (RIR, NHR, or Production Red) with a silver gene hen (SLW, RIW, WR, Delaware, Light Sussex, etc.). The resulting offspring can be sexed by color at hatching (male chicks are whitish, female chicks are reddish), and they are egg laying machines, outlaying either parent breed. It's one of the interesting quirks of hybridization. Other labels (besides Red Star) under which Red Sex Links are marketed include Brown Sex Link, Gold Sex Link, Gold Star, Cinnamon Queen, Bovans Brown, Golden Buff, Golden Comet, Hubbard Golden Comet, Isa Brown, Babcock Brown, Warrens, HyLines, Gold Lines, Lohmans, Lohmans Brown, Bovans Goldline, etc., but no matter which label they are marketed under, they are all egg laying machines. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck.
     

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