Red Star chickens
I wrote previously
that I'm less-than-enamored of our White
the other hybrid breed we're trying this year is a better fit for
our farm. Red Stars are an orangish
sex-linked hybrid developed from a Delaware hen and a Rhode Island Red
rooster. We chose the variety based on this glowing
description on McMurray's website: "We have finally found the sex
link BROWN EGG LAYER that meets our strict specifications; easy to
raise, lays large brown eggs, and has a good feed conversion
Now all grown up, our
three Red Stars have shown themselves to be very similar to the Golden
Comets we had a
few years ago --- good layers and quite friendly. The photo
above is typical of what it looks like when I walk into the
chickens' pasture. The Red Stars come running into the coop
with me to grab the choicest scraps before anyone else can find
them. A Leghorn or two might follow, but skittishly.
Meanwhile, the Australorps are all hiding behind the rooster
hoping that this scary person who had the temerity to bring them
food won't eat them.
typical shot, taken while Mark was installing a nest box.
"Is this edible?" asks our Red Star.
Clean water means more eggs.
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