BLACK STAR ROOSTER
aka Black Sex Link
Back in February, I ordered a slew of day-old chicks from a mid-western hatchery. It was my first time ordering chicks online. Along with the order, the hatchery included 7 additional roosters, “for warmth.” I was irritated about this as my order already included my first rooster ever, and now I had 8 roosters to contend with.
I thought that they were American Barred Rocks (or Amrocks), an immensely popular American breed. I do have a half dozen Barred Hens, they are good layers and full of personality. I found a Godsend (via my chicken list) who took four of the roosters off my hands. I ended up keeping three. As they grew, they’ve all developed small patches of brown feathers, and the feathering around their necks is cream colored and not white. I’d google Barred Rock rooster and mine didn’t look like the results. Turns out they are Black Stars.
Black Stars, are also called Black Sex Links. They are a cross between a Rhode Island or New Hampshire rooster (both red) and a Barred Rock (black and white striped) hen. The chicks look different at birth which makes sexing the birds easy. The hens are solid black, the roosters striped. I have Black Star hens (they develop reddish chests as they grow up and are pretty), but hadn’t given their counterparts a thought. These roosters are Black Stars.
The guy I’m holding in the photo is my favorite of the Black Star Roosters. He’s mellow, well-behaved. He’ll be leaving my flock in the next week or two. I’ve found someone to adopt him.