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RIR? Production red? or Freedom Ranger?

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This baby is now 14 days old.  First pic is 1 day, 2nd about a week and last and top is today. I was sent 25 of these "bonus" chicks with my cornish X.   All 25 look identical. We want to keep 1 or 2 as roos.

 

 Question 1-

 Is there anyway to tell if they are RIR, Production Reds, or Freedom Rangers at this point? The hatchery carries all 3.

 

Question 2: does it differ in what the chicks will look like if I breed him with a barred rock hen, depending on what he is?

 

Question 3: IS it possible any of them are pullets? How could I tell?

 

Question 4: And if they are, what would I get when bred with my barred rock Roo?

 

This is the best forum online! Y'all are always so helpful and friendly.  It is great appreciated. I have bred Labrador retrievers for 30 years and totally get those genetics but cannot seem to wrap my brain around poultry, yet. Im trying to make a chart for the children but I think identifying these boys is the first step.

 

Thank you for all the help.

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I got a mixed assortment from McMurray Hatchery Oct 15. I did end up with 3 RIR pullets and they did not have speckles like these chicks. I am not familiar with the other two breeds you mentioned but I am pretty sure you can rule out RIRs. It is probably going to be a while yet before you can pick out the roos. 

~Karen in west Texas

Chicks in the desert....it's different!

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~Karen in west Texas

Chicks in the desert....it's different!

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They are probably Production Reds. Pure Barred Rock roosters produce 100% barred chicks. There may be some red 'leakage', but most should have predominantly black and white barring.

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