The Black Star chicken is a common breed, though it remains unrecognized by the American Poultry Association. Facts about this sex-link hybrid include a desirable egg production and adaptability to temperature. Young Black Star chickens and eggs for incubation are readily obtainable.
Generally, when chickens are born, it is hard to distinguish the males from the females. Black Star chickens are an exception to this. When the chicks are a day old, they are easy to identify through gender-specific colouration, due to selective breeding. While both genders are black, the male chicks have a white spot on their heads.
When both male and female Black Star chickens reach adulthood, both genders still have black feathers. But the females produce a gold hackle (neck feathers) and gold breast feathers, while the males have white barring.
Other notable features of the Black star chicken include a pleasant personality and its adult weight (2.27 to 3.18kg.).
Even though Black Star chickens produce a high number of eggs, they aren't the kind you would want to use to hatch to have more chickens. If you were to hatch them for chicks, the chicks would be different from the parents, and there is no guarantee that they would produce lots of eggs.
On average, once they are around five months of age, Black Star hens lay around five or six large brown eggs a week. In addition, they lay eggs year-round through the cold of winter and heat of summer.
Black Star chickens are a developed type of chicken. The parents are a Barred Rock hen with a Rhode Island Red rooster or a Barred Rock rooster and a Rhode Island Red hen.
The crossbreeding of the parent birds of the Black Star chickens is done for the purpose of heterosis. Heterosis means improvement of a certain trait or traits, which in the case of the Black Star chicken is egg production.
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