We have found the sex link brown egg layer that meets our strict specifications: the BLACK STAR. Black Star hens are wonderful layers of large brown eggs. Black Stars are easy to raise and have a good feed conversion ratio.
At maturity, Black Stars weigh a little over 5 lbs. The females are black with gold hackle and breast feathers, and they are egg laying machines. The males are black with white barring. (They will not retain the same characteristics in future generations.)
Put a few Black Stars on your order; we’re sure you’ll be pleased.
Note: a "sex-link" chicken is one, which at the time of hatch, can be sexed by its color.
what is difference from females verses straight run?
Straight run means unsexed. .
How old do Black Stars have to be to start laying?
Black Stars generally begin laying around 22-24 weeks of age.
How long (on average) does it take to get the males to butcher size?
Most standard breed males would be ready to butcher between 16-20 weeks of age.
how long will the Black Star hens continue to lay?
All hens are most productive their first two years before slowing down in production rates.
how often and how much (by weight) do they poop?
Sorry, we do not have that information available for any of the chickens.
How much are full size birds?
The 15-22 week old females are $17.95, the 4-9 week old females are $16.59 each of the Black Stars.
will they breed?
They can breed, but the black stars are hybrid so the chicks will not carry the same characteristics as the parents.
How many eggs do the black sex link chickens lay ?
If conditions are good, weather, feed, environment...they could lay 1 egg every day.
Full of EnergyOrdered the chicks for delivery the week of Oct 3rd. They arrived on the 4th, all 31 healthy. Have tripled in size and I am having a great time with them. They are healthy eaters and are doing well. Will definitely order from McMurray again
Lousy BirdsThese birds are vicious! I need gloves to get the eggs because they WILL draw blood. Lousy layers, too. Almost all medium eggs and on Oct 1 almost all of them stopped laying.Will be getting rid of these in the spring.