What is a "Gold Star"?!?!!!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Adam7, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Adam7

    Adam7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have looked and looked and cannot find the answer. I know it is a gold or red sex linked bird but I cannot find a definitive answer as to what the parents are. There are so many sex linked birds with so many different names this one seems to have been lost on the shuffle.

    My local feed store is going to be selling these and I want to know what I'm buying. I know they lay large brown eggs.
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    The exact breeds used to make the sex link chick depend on the hatchery, and most of them aren't telling [​IMG]

    I can tell you you'll get a hen that will be light bodied, not eat as much as a larger bird, lay early and often and are fairly docile and tolerant of people. They don't breed true so the breeds used really don't matter so much. In general, a red sex link's a red rooster over a silver hen, if that helps you narrow it down any!
     
  3. TravisE

    TravisE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 4 of them. they mostly start to lay around 18 weeks old. one of my didnt lay until she was 28 weeks. they lay nice brown eggs. i have had some giant double yokers. they had ben laying a egg a day,but mine have stopped laying eggs for the winter do to a mini molt they go though at around 9 months. the cross is as donrae said.
    hope this helps
     
  4. Adam7

    Adam7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha! I found it!! I just kept following the links under google images until I found some useful information!

    "Gold Star
    This bird is a cross between two very traditional breeds, the Light Sussex and Rhode Island Red. They sport beautiful black tail and neck feathers. These birds lay about 300 shop coloured brown eggs in there first year."

    http://pagespoultry.co.uk/hybrids.html
     
  5. LoveChickens123

    LoveChickens123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    it is a type of chicken
     
  6. donrae

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    If you're in the UK that may be correct, but I don't think the ones from Mc Murray--I think that's the hatchery that calls theirs gold stars--uses the sussex. You'll have a bird that's reddish/gold with white tips, not black.
     
  7. TravisE

    TravisE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    as for what the eggs look like here are some from my gold star/ red sex links.
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    here is a giant double yoker next to store bought eggs.
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    heres a pic of them and my oeg bantams.
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  8. Adam7

    Adam7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice looking birds. That double yoker is just fantastic! I ordered 2 gold star, 2 Welsummer, 2 cuckoo Marans, 2 Americana. I am hoping the gold star can fill in the "production" roll and really crank out the eggs. The other breeds aren't horrible layers but not 300+ a year birds for sure. I wanted a nice egg basket :)
     
  9. Chris09

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    This may be true in the U.K. but not so in the U.S..
    I the U.S. a "Gold Star" is just a fancy name for a Red Sex-Link and they can be about any Gold over Silver cross i.e. Rhode Island Red rooster over a "Rhode Island White".
    If the Gold Stars in the U.S. where a Rhode Island Red/ Light Sussex cross then they would have White Legs since the White Leg Gene is Dominate over Yellow Legs.

    Chris
     

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