Whether you're looking to add different chicken breeds to your backyard flock or you're just starting out, it's important to be sure that your new hens will fit in.
This guide to the Red Star chicken (also known as Red Sex-Linked, ISA Brown and Golden Comet) will help you work out whether it's the right chicken for you, or whether you ought to look elsewhere.
Before we start, I hold my hands up... Red Stars are my favourite "breed". I'll always have a soft spot for them - they were the very first kind of chicken I ever had and I always keep some in my flock.
Easy to care for, easy to handle and an exceptionally reliable egg layer - what more could you want?
Let's find out.
If you live in the US, I recommend the Cackle Hatchery as providers of a wide variety of high quality chicken breeds.
They will provide all stages from hatching eggs to chicks and adult chickens, and can send either sexed or non-sexed, depending on age and breed.
Cackle sells the Red Star as the "Cinnamon Queen" – same chicken, just another name! These are one of the few chickens they will sell all year round.
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