Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Black Star Hen

I thought black star chickens would be drab, so I included none in the original flock, even though they're wonderful layers. Since two red stars survived the predator attacks, and I was in a mood to broaden my chicken horizons, I included black stars in the second order. Have I ever been glad I did, because they're gorgeous birds, and if I had to choose a single breed (I'm glad I don't), I do believe it would be black stars. Who knew?


I didn't deliberately decapitate this chicken, but here you have a lovely example of my lame photographic talents. Since I'd captured a wispy-feathered chicken be-hind, I figured I might as well share it.

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. ~Psalm 127:1


Cousin Annie said...

You & your chicken behinds!!! ;)

~CarolineNot said...

Oopsie? ºÜº

Eva said...

Im looking for chickens to go in my back yard and I live in Alabama do you think they can stand the heat?
And also, some websites say they are agrrisive... is that true?

CarolineNot said...

Eva, I'm no authority on chickens (or anything) at all, but based on what little I know about chickens, I don't think heat is an issue. Chicks, in particular, require heat: around 90º is optimal the first week, reducing by 5º weekly, thereafter. Alabama seems to me like it would be a great place to raise chickens.

I've never had an aggressive hen, unless one counts a setting hen who really doesn't want you to make her move off the eggs. I had one -- and only one -- rooster who charged me, but only once, and he just had issues. The others have all been fine.

If you have a breed choice, my personal experience has been that red star or black star (also known as "sex link") chickens are the friendliest and most docile. Also my best layers.

I wish you well with your chicken endeavor, Eva. Drop by and let me know how it goes for you. ºÜº

Lisa said...

I ordered two started black star hens from MM and after they came I loved them so much I got 2 more!!!