I ordered 12 RIR pullets from Ideal in June. I got all pullets, no complaint there, but I don't think they are RIR's. 9 of the girls have gray saddle feathers, and the others are red through out. I am not looking for show quality birds, I just want to make sure I got what I ordered. Do these look like Buckeyes instead of Reds?
this is a red. The color is consistant throughout.
this is one of the girls in question with the gray saddle feathers
The color of the Buckeye is darker than that of the original Rhode Island Red (later, the Rhode Island Red was bred for a shade of color even darker than the Buckeye). The Buckeye also has a slate colored bar in the undercolor (fluff) of its back; the Rhode Island Reds feathers should be red to the skin. Both breeds share the trait of tight feathering unique in the American Class of poultry.
This quote is why I think they are Buckeyes.
Edited by popcornpuppy - 8/4/09 at 4:48pm