Red Star Hen???

Discussion in 'Breeds & Genetics' started by Cindielyn, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. Cindielyn

    Cindielyn New Member

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    Can anyone confirm or deny if my little red chick is a Red Star? And a girl? I had ordered a female Golden Laced Wyandotte, after 2 weeks I started wondering so looked at chick picks. Not even close- she was barely darker than my buff Orpington chick. Then some dark patches on her shoulders, now quite a bit of solid red on her back. Pin feathers on neck look dark. She is 4 weeks old. My biggest concern is her sex, her breed is a curiosity. Oh and her name is Patty Cake.
     

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  2. TheGarryFarm

    TheGarryFarm New Member

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    The red is indicative of a girl in Red star. We raised Red stars as a one time experiment. I don't remember seeinig any white in the feathering, but it may have depended on what they used as a Red or as the white....Hope this helps a bit.
     

  3. Cindielyn

    Cindielyn New Member

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    She had 0 red for almost the first 2 weeks. Her wings feathered first and were/are buff and white. I thought they were supposed to be red from hatch to tell them apart. The hatchery is who said she (I hope a she) is either a red star or a Rhode Island Red. But pics I saw of the RIReds were darker too.
     
  4. nblake1544

    nblake1544 New Member

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    Both R.I. Reds and Red Stars should be sandy red at hatch. I have several Red sex-link pullets which are 20 weeks old and they have white on them. I think mine are called Golden Comets. They are wonderful chickens and started laying at 18 weeks a beautiful brown egg.
     
  5. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    She's very pretty whatever she is. Must be fun watching her changed before your eyes like magic.
     
  6. BuckeyeChickens

    BuckeyeChickens New Member

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    More than likely too early to tell....give her a few more weeks!!!

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    Even these Buckeye chicks can be confused with RIR's, Red Stars or Production Red's at such a young age!!!
     
  7. hockeychick

    hockeychick Junior Member

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    I had 6 red star chicks, and they looked just like the little one in the picture at that age. I will try to post pics from home. The only one I have at work is when they were 3 days old. The lightest ones are Buff Orpingtons, the darker chicks on the left are Jersey Giants. The Red Stars and Rhode Island Reds are in the middle The red stars are more of a reddish blond.
     

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  8. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    God are they adorable! I just want to stick my face in the box with them and enjoy their fluffiness!
     
  9. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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    i think comets & redstars are the same

    OP my redstars have a little white in them & if you lift their feathers you can see some white underneath


    any updated pics??



    thanks
    piglett
     
  10. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    This is honey chicken. She's the best and friendliest, and most curious chicken.
     

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  11. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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    she has a little more white in her tail than my redstar but they are the same breed.
    good looking girl
     
  12. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    I picked her cause she had a little "lace". There were much darker ones in the pen with her. I chose her for her light color and laced tail. I wish I would have taken two. Theses are good hardy hens and little egg machines.
     
  13. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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    i found that redstars eat more than buff orpingtons however they do make bigger eggs. we have 1 redstar hen that just started laying last month. i was getting some young roos to fatten up for the freezer
    well turns out 3 were NOT boys so we now have 3 odd hens in our flock




    piglett
     
  14. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    How lucky is that?!?! Hens not Roos and red stars! Lucky lucky you!
     
  15. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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    1 is a redstar
    1 is an austrolorp
    & 1 is a white leghorn
    all 3 are laying well
    more eggs for me i guess :)
     
  16. BuckeyeChickens

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    Yup, both Golden Comets and Red Stars are "sex-linked" brown egg layers but they are "hybrids" created from different breeds typically;

    Red Stars = Delaware hen and RIR rooster
    Golden Comets = White Rock hen and New Hampshire rooster

    both "hybrids" are excellent egg layers, too!
     
  17. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    This is the color pattern of my red star comet. She's a great hen. And my favorite chicken! And she's beautiful besides. :)
     

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  18. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Woops! Snuck in a pic of my buff rock banty Roo too. Lol
     
  19. BuckeyeChickens

    BuckeyeChickens New Member

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    When you say "red star comet" do you mean she is a cross between a red star and a golden comet???
     
  20. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    I don't really know what she is. I think shes RIR and Plymouth Rock. Honestly I'm not sure. You saw the photos so what do you think? She's prolly a sex link. All I wanted was some hens in my yard, some eggs in my fridge and she fit the bill. Wish I would have gotten 3 more of them. $10 a piece.