Red Star vs Black Star

Sue, RI(Zone 6a)

I was looking for Black Star but have come across Red Star on some hatcheries websites. What is the difference, other than the color?
Thanks,
Sue ☺

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

somewhere i read aobut sex links. will see if i can find that link.

i think besides the color, they have different parents. both are hybrids i think. also i believe Meyer has Black Star, AKA Black Sex Link. a friend of mine has gotten good laying from the blacks.

tf

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

this is how you get a black hen:
"The third cross involves non-barred males such as Australorp, Black Leghorn, Rhode Island Red or Ancona mated with barred females such as Plymouth Rocks or Cuckoo Leghorns. The resulting chicks are all black or dark brown with varying degrees of white underneath, however whereas the females have dark brown or black heads, the males all carry a whitish spot on the back of their heads."

i think this is how they get the reds.:
"The first of these is the common gold to silver cross. Mating a gold male such as Rhode Island Red, Buff Rock, Buff Leghorn, Buff Orpington, Red or Buff Sussex to hens which are silver, such as Light Sussex, Light Brahma or pure White Wyandotte, results in all the cockerel (male) chicks having whitish grey or pale brown down, whereas the pullets (females) have reddish-brown or buff down."

I could be wrong. Maybe the Stars are purebred... ANYONE ELSE???



Lodi, United States

I'm not sure about all the crosses, but the Star's are definitely hybrids.

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

Thanks, Cat, so that means a Black Star is a Black Sex link... maybe a particular one.

Sue, you could search the hatcheries again to see who has "Black Sex Link"

tf

FYI, here is the link for five ways to sex a chick:

http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/1889/20865

there are lots of ads, you have to scroll down to find the text and pictures...

Luther, MI(Zone 4b)

Now I wonder what I am going to get with my RIR rooster and Black Australorp hens. Maybe a new sex-link? I think that would be neat.

Lodi, United States

Okay, I finally found the answer: A Black Star (aka Black Sex-linked) is a Cross between a Rhode Island Red and Barred Plymouth Rock. And a Red Star (aka Red Sex-linked) is a cross between a Rhode Island Red and a White Leghorn. In plants hybrids you always list the maternal parent first, but I'm not sure if this is true with chickens. Anyway I know it is important which parent is which or you won't get the sex-linked plumage--which is the whole point. I love to Google!

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

the roos are RIR, hens are white, light or barred

cat, don't we learn way too much from google! ask.com just doesn't come close!

now i want YOUR link, you said it so much simpler...soSPILL YOUR SOURCES!

;-)

granny you'll get a big chicken! but no sex link since both parents are dark & solid.

Lodi, United States

I don't think you want my sources--since I just found one that contradicts the one above--but only in that it says that the RIR (rooster?) is bred with a Rhode Island White (hen?) to produce a "Red-Sex-linked". I think this may be a question of whether you want brown (RIW) or white (White Leghorn) eggs. Both are commercial crosses. The hatcheries should indicate the egg color, which should suggest which cross is being made. There are a lot of possible sex-linked crosses...from what I understand it is because only the male has a "sex" chromosome so if you don't get that chromosome you are a female. Unlike human's with our xx=female/xy=male. Its 00=female/x0=male for chickens. And if some part of the feather color genes is only on the sex chromosomes, the males will get it and the females won't, hence the color difference. Does that make sense? I'm trying to work it out. One book I'm reading says that over 30 genes affect the feather colors and patterns of chickens. That's why they are so amazingly beautiful!

Is this the source you were using? http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/Sex-links/BRKSexLink.html
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Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

no, my link i sabove. i will check out feathersite too.

i want to know what book you sare reading. i am very interested in genetics esp with color.

Lodi, United States

My favorite book at the moment, and one with some good information on chicken genetics and plumage is "Storeys Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds." It is a lovely book. There is another fairly simple book on chicken genetics that I want to read, but I can't remember the name right now. I'll let you know when I find it.

Sue, RI(Zone 6a)

Whew! I went to bed early last night(8:15) and missed alot!lol!
Since they are hybrids they may not produce offspring that looks like them or is that just in plants?

Sue, RI(Zone 6a)

Ok Brain Fog in motion! Just read the link from above! Answered my own question. Thanks! :)

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

well i have brain fog too, but went to bed late, what's up with that??? must be contagious in this forum. too much fluff?

tf

Luther, MI(Zone 4b)

Yep, too much fluff here. I went to bed early, but still have brain fog. Might clear up when I get my chickies started and also get my guineas. But until then? Not hardly.

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

no, once you ahve all those babies to take care of, you will be sleep deprived and need a vacation!

Sue, RI(Zone 6a)

Meyer Hatchery informed me that black star is black sex-linked. I guess it depends on what the hatchery decides to call them!
Sue ☺

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

well, there ya go! just order them Meyer. they are a great company, out of Ohio. great customer service too!

tf

Sue, RI(Zone 6a)

Yes they emailed me within 24 hours of me asking about the Black Star. That quick response is making me lean towards ordering with them. Did you do a phone order? The reason I'm asking is I tried doing a shopping cart with them and a window popped up saying their security certificate wasn't recognized?! So I wasn't sure if I should do an internet order.

Lodi, United States

I did a phone order and was very happy with the result. They seem very responsible.

Sue, RI(Zone 6a)

Thanks Cat

Bend, OR(Zone 5a)

Hi everyone, haven't been on here in ages. I got both Red Star and Black Star year before last and love them. The only thing I have noticed is they're terrible pluckers. Here's a pic of a red one, another red one's head and a black one next to the Plymouth Barred Rock. They're excellent layers and lay very large brown eggs, even larger than the Barred Rock's. They've layed all winter long for me as well. I have 5 of ea. Forgot to mention, I got them from McMurray and was very happy, all survived.
Susan

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Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

nice looking! they laid all winter their second year? that's fabulous!

yes, Sue, do a phone order. a nice person can keep their CS job!

Luther, MI(Zone 4b)

TF, my RIRs, Buffs, Barred, White rocks, and Araucanas laid all winter the second year also. It was the third year they cut back so much. So, from now on, I will hatch (or buy) them in spring, keep them for two years and then in spring of third year cull them. If I remember right, that's what an old farmer I used to know told me, too. If I hatch or buy the second year, I will be banding them to make sure I get the oldest ones culled and not the young layers.

Nova, OH(Zone 5b)

If you want to order from Meyer you have to call they are updating their system so the online ordering is currently unavailable.
Granny, if you don't want to catch every bird to see if its banded you could rotate 3 different breeds so you know which birds by their breed are 3 years old and table ready. Just a thought but I know most people like to keep a mix of breeds. I have 3 breeds myself and looking to get more this year!

Luther, MI(Zone 4b)

Rancher, I don't intend to buy day-olds if I don't have to. I intend to hatch my own, and right now, I have 1 RIR rooster and the rest are Black Australorp. So, it would be easier to band them. The bands I have are colored enough to see them without catching them. They are the plastic spiral bands in red, green and a dark green. If my Australorps are not pure (and I am suspecting they are not), then we may get some other colors in there. But, it just makes sense to me to band.

Nova, OH(Zone 5b)

It was just a thought. I didn't intend to make it sound as if you shouldn't band your birds. Sorry. Now I'm curious what your birds will look like with that cross.

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

granny, i too am curious if my BAs are BAs or Black Stars. of twenty, only three are still mostly black. white tips are normal, but at 2 1/2 weeks old, 17 birds have barring on their wings. sounds like sex link roos to me. sounds like freezer birds... so i will either have to start over with the BAs or just be happy with my BA crossed with JG. the feed store and the hatchery were un-cooperative about it, the first being certain they are BAs, the second not giving out any info on what was ordered by or actually sent to the feed store...

time will tell! if they are sex link, i have a buyer for the three hens...

so, granny, what do your BA chicks look like, ho wold are they? i will have a cable for my camera by fedex Monday, so i can start posting pictures...

Luther, MI(Zone 4b)

TF, mine are not chicks. They are last years chicks but one of the roos has gold tipping on the hackles. The others are all black. But they seem to be small for BAs from the description that is in McMurray's. When I called McM and sent them a picture, they told me it was a throw-back to the original Buff that they were bred from. Maybe so. But, don't know for sure. Prettiest rooster I have ever seen, tho.

I intend to set eggs in two weeks, but am having trouble with the bator. Can't seem to get the temp right. If I have the regulator in, the temp stays too low. If I take it out, the temp stays too high. It's a Hova-bator, but I lost the instructions to it and am winging it. So, we shall see what we shall see. If the temp doesn't come up with the regulator, I will take it out and adjust the bator to do the right temp without it.

Lodi, United States

Hi granny, I think you can download the instructions for some models on this site:
http://www.gqfmfg.com/store/instructions.asp

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

well, BAs shouldn't be breed from original buffs! they have always been black! the only throw backs are blues now & then. your Aussie's should have a green sheen to them...
http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/Shows/AndyVardy/aust.html

granny, keep the rregulator in, and just get the temp as close as you can, with the water trays filled. Rh affects the temp. so will the eggs. mother nature doesn't give the hen perfect settings, so don't fret... tomorrow is a good day for setting eggs according to the almanac, actually starting this evening, that's when i am setting the last of mine.

thanks catscan. i have two hovabators without instructions. i think you tol dme before & i forgot!

[not my roo]...

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Luther, MI(Zone 4b)

TF, If you look at the description that's in McM's catalog, it says the BA was bred from an Australian chicken and an English Orpington. I don't know if that Orpington was buff or black. But, my Bruno does have the green sheen and my Clyde has gold-tipped hackle feathers. That's the reason I am wondering if they are pure BAs. When I called and sent them a picture of him, they told me he was a "throwback" which is why I am thinking the English Orpingtons were buff.

I am going to fill the water trays and see if I can get the temp up to where I want it. (didn't have water in). It is now about 90 deg, so I might be getting it right. Thanks for the info. I am going to the city tomorrow for an eye doctor appt, and will pick up a hygro at Wally-world while I am there. Haven't been to town since fall, so I need a few other things too.

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

see the link. feathersite has great accurate breed history. the UK Orps were black. MM is full of it, or they were referring to some buff in their breeding program [i.e., accidental].

i do wish somebody could tell me if the BAs would normally have barred feathers at 2 weeks of age, just something they grow outof?

i understand true Jersey Giants are hard to come by, thus hatcheries often substitute BAs. i can't understand sending sex links when BAs were ordered... think i'll make a phone call...

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

don't know why i didn't think of this sooner, i called the JG breeder i got ours from, he has experience with BAs, & BAs just DON'T get barred feathers. i have a home for the hens & a freezer for the roosters, except one my son thinks he is attached to.

i am told the sex link hens are good layers. i will be putting in a bad word for the hatchery in the Watchdog...

Luther, MI(Zone 4b)

Well, in my case, it doesn't matter as I am not going after anything but egg layers and freezer meat after they get older. But, I would like to get what I paid for. DH says these are smaller than the others we had, so I might be adding to the flock with I can pick up at TSC, if I can get them cheap. Or, since I have had luck with people not wanting their chickens after they get them, might be able to get a few for free.

Some people get into chickens and then decide they are too messy of they don't have time to tend to them, or some other reason and I get a call asking if I want some. That happened 4 years ago and I ended up with Silver Laced Wyandottes, Isa Browns, Barred Rocks, and more RIRs. The only ones that were not youngsters were the Isa Browns. I think they bought started pullets and then both of them got sick and had to get rid of them. So, of course, I had room and took them.

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

lucky you!

Luther, MI(Zone 4b)

Thanks, TF, I think so too. Since there haven't been live poultry sold in this area for the last 3 years, I haven't gotten any calls to "come get these d*** chickens". Of course this year they are selling them again, so will let you know if I get them again. I always have room for freebies. Saves me buying them.

Sue, RI(Zone 6a)

Well, ended up going with ideal as meyers is out of a couple of breeds that I wanted. They are completely out of all silkies(any color) and no pekin ducks either. So I'm getting a mixed bag(so to speak!):
New Hampshire Red Pullet(4) Roosters(4), White Pekin duck Pullet(2) drake(1), Red Silkie Bantam st run(5), Red Sex link pullet(2), Black Sex link pullet(3), and Barred Rock rooster(2). They are being shipped on 3/26.
Gardener105, You said the Red Star and Black Star are terrible pluckers-is this with other birds or on themselves when preening?
Sue☺

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

aLL-rIGHT sUE!

NICE SELECTION... mostly as far as plucking, you can use a red heat lamp in the brooder to prevent that from starting, and make sure and use high protein chick starter too. It's a genetci thing, the desire to peck and the need for more protein in their diets. Yes, htey would be pecking other birds feathers... The most importatn thing is to prevent it, once it gets started, they can't break the habit.

So, you got about three and a half weeks to get ready fo rthem! Sorry for hijacking your thread, it was pertaining to sex links and i didn't know where else to post it LOL

It's nice that ideal is exing them for you, hope they do it right. I obviously did a crummy job myself ;-)

Lodi, United States

I've heard that some of the production breeds have brittle feathers because they lose so much protein to egg production. That might lead to over-plucking.....

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