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 ratio. A "sex-link" chicken is one, which at time of hatch, can be sexed by its color. RED STAR: These hens will mature with feathers that are reddish brown with flecks of white throughout. The males are all white with nice yellow skin.
(They will not retain the same characteristics in future generations.)
At approximately 22 weeks these hens will start to lay and lay they will. We're sure this hardy bird will become a favorite of yours as it lays eggs right through hot or cold weather. No wonder it's called the Red Star.
I'm wanting to purchase all females - 1 red star & 1 australorp that's almost ready for laying or just started. I'd also like 1 Cooper marans 4-6 weeks old. I have 1 mutt already and she's a large bird at 6 weeks. She's all white with a hand full of black specs and 3 feathers on her feet (2 on 1 and 1 on the other), bare legs. Any idea as to what she is and is she gets along with the above ones? She likes to be near me and is a pet., but scared easily. Looking for a female companion for her (Ms. Pearl). Will then need to introduce to the new flock. Will the breeds integrate nicely? I'd also like a chicken harness in red or the special small animal stoller used to walk them. Please advise how soon I could receive, the price breakdown, along with shipping. Any free materials you have would be greatly appreciated. Trying to learn all I can, but too much info found on google that contradicts the others. Any coupons, groupons for 1st time buyer would also be greatly appreciated.
https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/availableview.html Is the availability chart. Scroll down for the Started Pullets availability. And there is an approximate ship chart in the FAQ. Also scroll down for the Started Pullets. Guessing the white with black spots is a Pearl Leghorn which is a feisty breed compared to some of the others. Sorry, we do not sell harnesses.
Will the eggs remain small? I'm at week 15 and eggs are real small.
Yes, all hens will lay small eggs when just beginning to lay - hence, the term "pullet eggs". As they get used to their new egg laying process, the egg size increases. :)
are your chicks given an immunization for marek's before being shipped. Sorry if this is a stupid question but i have been doing research and shopping around and your prices are unbeatable but there was no mention as far as immunizations goes
We offer 2 vaccinations during the checkout process on our website. The Marek's Disease and Coccidiosis vaccinations are available for chick orders. The cost for each vaccination per chick is 20 cents each.
How do tell the sex
The female baby chicks are reddish orange, and the males are white.
I am looking for 20 week old chickens road island reds
We have them available in 15-22 week old birds. Not sure of the exact age you would receive. https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/rhode_island_red_started_pullets.html
Do you sell 17 week birds?
They are 15-20 weeks old when sent. We do not have any available right now, but should have some later in the spring.
Does the total include shipping on all orders
No, the shipping would depend on what state your in, breeds ordered, and how many total chicks.
How old are the chicks when shipped and do you sell older chicks around 6-8 weeks?
They are day old chicks when shipped. We do offer started chicks that are 4-9 weeks old. https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/4_week_old_red_stars.html
Can these chickens be bred? I know it's a weird question, but some chickens can't reproduce. Can this one?
They are not recommended for reproduction. This breed is hybrid and will not retain the same characteristics in future generations.
Are the Red Star the same as the Golden Comet?
Each hatchery comes up with its own name for their hybrid. We named our sex link hybrids Red Stars and Black Stars. Other hatcheries may use Golden Comet, Cherry Pickers, etc as names for their hybrids. The different hatchery hybrids may not be crossed with the same breeds, but they are all produced for their excellent egg productions.
How soon will Red Stars lay eggs after delivery?
Red Stars generally begin laying at 18-20 weeks of age.
If purchasing straight run what is the ratio of male and female of about 25 birds
Red Stars are a breed you can tell the sex by the feather coloring at hatch. So, when ordering Red Star straight runs, you will receive approximately half males and half females.
do you need a rooster for the hens to lay eggs
No, hens do not need a rooster in order to lay eggs. The eggs will be unfertilized.
What's a straight run
Straight run means "just as hatched, unsexed".
How many pounds will the red star weigh ?
Red Star males average 8 lbs and Red Star females average 6 lbs at maturity.
What breeds are the parents?
Red Stars are a commercially bred strain of chicken developed by Hendrix Genetics. We buy breeding stock each year from Hendrix Genetics. They have been developed over many generations to produce a large brown egg.
which is best layer...red or black star?
do either peck or eat their eggs?
The red star is our best brown egg layer. There isn't a particular breed that is know for eating their eggs, any type could.
what is a straight run?
Straight run means, "just as hatched", unsexed.
Do the hens become broody or do you have to incubate the eggs? Also what is the liveability meat conversion of the roosters?
The Red Star are a production breed. They normally will not set on their own eggs, but also are not recommended for reproduction because they are hybrid. The babies will not have the same characteristics as the parents. We don't have an exact meat conversion for the roosters but they do get fairly large and make a good meat bird in about 4 to 5 months.
Will the red stars breed or are they infertile?
They can breed, but they are hybrid so the chicks will not retain the same characteristics as the parents.
What breeds make a red star....I had heard a Rhode Island Red rooster n a Delaware hen.
The red stars are a commercially bred strain of chicken developed over several generations. It is not 2 specific breeds used to create the red star.
What is straight run?
Straight run means "just as hatched". The chicks are not sorted as males or females.
Is a pure bread or cross bread?
The Red Star is a cross breed (sex-link) chicken which at time of hatch can be sexed by its color. They will not retain the same characteristics in future generations.
Are you NPIP certified? I could not find it on the website.
Yes we sure are! Our NPIP number is 42-10
Best Layers I've Ever OwnedI ordered 15 female Red Star chicks in August of 2016. They arrived healthy and active, and I didn't lose a single chick. This is a standard experience for me with McMurray. They started laying mid-December (at 4.5 months old) and haven't taken a break.
Over the years I have owned Rhode Island Reds, Auracana/Americanas, Orpingtons, and Rocks, and none of them come close to the consistency of my Red Star hens. The eggs are HUGE for such young pullets, too. I get double-yolked, duck-sized eggs a quarter of the time. The eggs are a beautiful glossy dark brown, not as dark as a Maran egg, but considerably darker than most brown-egg layers.
With 15 hens, no kids, and a full-time job, my chickens don't get forced into being pets. The Red Stars, however, are naturally so sweet, docile, inquisitive, and calm, they will all accept being picked up.
I don't know about the genetic make up of the Red Stars, but when I've had to describe them, I always say: They have the calm and friendly disposition of an Orpington, the laying ability of a Leghorn, 100% guaranteed gender at hatching thanks to the sex-link trait (this is a massive bonus for backyard, neighborhood chicken owners), and the foraging ability of the best heritage Delaware.
If you're looking for the best backyard layer money can buy, I can't recommend the Red Star highly enough.
not impressed with dead chicksTook 4 days for chicks to show up, most were dead, Mcmurray insured them for half the total value, shipped standard snail mail and charged more than Chackle Hatchery did for shipping when cackle hatchery shipped 2nd day and insured for total value of chicks. No dead chicks from Cackle and they both showed up the same day.
Will NOT buy from you again. would not give you any stars but rating will not allow me to do that.