Black Star chicken information

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Black Star chicken information
Black Star is a cross breed. (Mary Stine/greyhorsegifts.com)

Black Star chickens are first-generation hybrid chickens, bred by crossing a Rhode Island red rooster with a Barred Rock hen, or vice versa. The result is chicks that can be "colour-sexed," meaning colour easily identifies male and female chicks.

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Function

Black Star hens are bred to be superb egg layers. They start to lay at about 5 months old. Adult hens will lay five to six large brown eggs each week.

Characteristics

Black Stars weigh 2.27 to 2.72 kg (5 to 6 lb). They are good foragers and are hardy in winter. Docile and friendly, Black Stars are easy to raise and can make good pets.

Black Star chicken information
Mary Stine/greyhorsegifts.com

Colouring

Chicks of both sexes are black, but a white spot on the head distinguishes the males. Adult males are black with white barring, while adult females have gold feathers on the neck and breast.

Sources

Many hatcheries sell day-old Black Star chicks. They may also be bought as pullets (young hens) or as eggs for the buyer to incubate and hatch.

Considerations

Black Stars are not considered a true breed by the American Poultry Association (APA). Black Stars are not recommended as breeding stock because there is no way to predict which breed characteristics the chicks will inherit.

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