RED STAR CHICKEN: DESIGNER BIRD OR MUTTS OF THE POULTRY WORLD?

 

Red Star Chicken: designer bird or mutts of the poultry world?

 
Red Star
Chicken: designer bird or mutts of the poultry world?

Genetically designed to lay egg every day, Red Star is a favorite among commercial egg producers. But are they a good choice for backyard flock?

 Whether you're looking to add a variety of chickens to your backyard flock or you're just starting out, it's important to make sure your new chickens will fit in.
 
This guide to Red Star Chicken (also known as Red Sex-Linked, ISA Brown, and Golden Comet) will help you decide if this is the chicken for you or if you should look elsewhere. 


It's easy to care for, easy to manage. It also sets a unique and reliable egg layer - what more could you ask for? Let's find out.


Red Star Chicken at glance.

  •   Male and female are different in color, so you have to know what you're getting. No problem with an unexpected rooster in your yard!
  • That's why one of the names you'll hear them called is "Red Sex-Linked." 
  • It is one of the most best egg layer ever. This is what they were bred for.
  • They tolerate heat and cold, so they continue to lay eggs in all weathers.
  • Smart foragers that thrive on being able to free range and supplement their diet with insects and plants.
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  • Curious, funny and friendly, especially if used from a young age.

    History - when is a breed not a  breed
 
 Answer - when it is a red star. These chickens are hybrids - they have different breeds of parents and their own offspring will not be the "right type".
 
 They were developed in the 1950s, when raising chickens in the backyard was not what it used to be. The public wants more eggs and to meet the demand, the company chooses hybrid chickens to produce the largest number of eggs and consume less feed.
 
 There are many different breeds that are used to produce sexed chickens. The most common is the Rhode Island red rooster with the Rhode Island white chicken.
 
 Two sexed or Red Star chicks cannot be crossed to produce sexed chicks. 

Red Stars are cage battery hens. Their ability to lay eggs every day means that Red Stars are often used as commercial grade egg layers.


What do they look like?

  •  Males and females can be identified quickly after hatching, so you shouldn't deal with a rooster (cock) unless you want to.
  • Depending on the species used, male chicks are white or yellow; female are light brown.
  •  This ability to detect sex at an early stage makes it the bird of choice for many commercial poultry farms that only require eggs.
  •  Females (pullets) go through this "gawky" stage, but will begin to develop a beautiful shade of dark brown to rich mahogany.
  •  They came from a local breeder who kept hundreds of them in a barn, so they were not use to people or freedom. But they are very flexible birds: they adjust quickly to a new environment.
  •  As adults, males remain white while females develop various shades of buff or brown, depending on the specific crossbreed, with beautiful white spots. They usually have white or off-white feathers on their backs, but they can be brown.

 What about personality? 

  • Generally gentle, calm, friendly, sweet chickens are the ones to be touched and petted. 
  • However, they do not like to pay attention: they are not chickens that like to be cuddled. They will stay with you for a while and then want to leave again, free range!
  •  Always curious and very active, they like to explore the world outside of their clan. 
  • They are so happy when they eat insects, they will eat anything or eat anything and get nothing more than regular treats!
  •  They have their own language and will let you know when they are satisfied with a soft purr.

  Egg production. 

  • This type of chicken is the result of crossing a wild breed for the express purpose of laying eggs. Because of this, they are one of the highest levels in the world. 
  • Their eggs are light brown in color and usually large.
  •  A red/cross-sex hen will start laying eggs before the rest - 17 to 19 weeks.
  •  You can expect one egg per day from this type of chicken, even in very hot or very cold weather. They decrease a bit when moulting, when you should expect one egg every couple of days.
  • Eating food like meal worms will make the yolk a beautiful dark purple. And Red Stars is always at the forefront when it comes to mealworm treats.

 Any problem areas?

 These chickens love to explore and will try to fly whenever they can, so they can be difficult to keep in a yard unless there is a large fence - and even then, they will -try it!
 
 In a confined space, they can get bored easily, so you must have something to keep them occupied if you want to avoid pecking within the flock. 

They do not appreciate the introduction of other chickens into the flock, and may even threaten them. This must be done with care.

 They also eat a lot, which is not surprising given how many eggs they lay! Giving them free range to forage for some food helps. 


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