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Heritage RIR Chick?

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Hi everyone,

I'm a little concerned that my local Peavy Mart (Canada) sold me hatchery chickens instead of the heritage chickens bred by the University of Alberta heritage breeds program.

I got suspicious once I saw a picture on here of a heritage RIR and it looked so much darker.

Here is a picture of one of them. They are saying that it is 3 days old, which because of the wing feather development I don't believe. That being said these are my first RIR so I don't know if they feather out faster.

If anyone can offer their opinion or has pictures of their heritage RIR to share, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!!
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Peavy Mart? Is it similar to like a feedstore or a farmstore? If it is I can almost guarantee you have a Hatchery quality chick.

A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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I would say a farm store. The university of Alberta has a heritage chicken program and they partnered with peavy mart. Here is a link to the program https://heritagechickens.ca/
How can you tell that it is hatchery quality?
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I would say a farm store. The university of Alberta has a heritage chicken program and they partnered with peavy mart. Here is a link to the program https://heritagechickens.ca/
How can you tell that it is hatchery quality?

I was just saying if it was from a feedstore/farmstre they almost never have purebred birds or anything Heritage, and they usually sell mislabeled Easter Eggers, but if they are partnering with a heritage program then you probably have a heritage bird :3

A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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Oh okay, thank you I thought that there was something about the chick that you could tell. I did speak to one of the head guys there and he assured me that they only had heritage breeds at the store at that time. I just got a little paranoid since I have read so many stories on here of people purchasing chicks that are mislabeled and that other chick I saw looked so red in comparison. Thanks for your response!
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