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Ideal's Production Reds and RIRs

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I'm trying to decide wether to buy some RIR or Production Red roos to cross with some RIW and BR hens to make sex-links.  My goal:  an easy-keeper hen that lays lots of big brown eggs.  Ideal says that their PR lays more and larger eggs than their RIR.  But they also say:

"Since they have brittle feathers and because their body size is relatively small for the size eggs that they produce, they are more susceptible to cannibalism and are not recommended for high-density wire laying facilities."

Do I need to worry at all about this?  Especially since any hens I'd have would be at most half PR?  Above all, he'd also need to be a good rooster (though I realize that there are individuals within breeds).  He needs to treat me with respect, and be good to his hens, while keeping all of the eggs fertile.  Which breed should I choose???


Edited by Cowgirl71 - 5/17/10 at 12:23pm
Currently have 35 chickens, purebreds and crosses of Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red, and Dark Cornish; plus two adorable Silkie/Cochin cross bantams.

We raise 100% Grass-Fed Black Angus beef in the beautiful Ozarks of southeast Missouri. No grain, no GMOs, no antibiotics, no hormones. If interested please contact me.
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Currently have 35 chickens, purebreds and crosses of Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red, and Dark Cornish; plus two adorable Silkie/Cochin cross bantams.

We raise 100% Grass-Fed Black Angus beef in the beautiful Ozarks of southeast Missouri. No grain, no GMOs, no antibiotics, no hormones. If interested please contact me.
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post #2 of 4

OK,
I am assuming that you got your R.I. Whites from a hatchery? There the Single Comb type, Right?

If so I don't know if they will work in a Sex-link breeding.
Know a far as using a R.I. Red or a Production Red, I would use a R.I. Red because some Production Reds have Leghorn blood in them and they may not work in a sex-link breeding...

Chris

 

NPIP # 31-516
Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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NPIP # 31-516
Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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post #3 of 4

I only have a couple RIR roos but I love them!  They are so protective even at a young age!!!  Mine are very sweet and gentle too!

Good luck and God Bless!

R-n-C FARMS: B/B/S JG's
I love my gentle Giants!!!  Funny fact...Roosters do NOT have a "reproductive organ"
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R-n-C FARMS: B/B/S JG's
I love my gentle Giants!!!  Funny fact...Roosters do NOT have a "reproductive organ"
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Thanks!  I'm planning to get my RIW from Ideal Hatchery.  Their drawing is of a single-combed pair.  They do imply that you can use them for making sex-links:  "Rhode Island Red males mated with Rhode Island White females produce Gold Sex Link chicks, which can be sexed when they hatch."  So I guess I'll see!

On their PR description they say:  "Crosses utilizing Rhode Island Reds and New Hampshire Reds were used in the development of this breed."  So I don't think there's any WL in them, but there could be.  I may very well get RIR, just to be safe...

Currently have 35 chickens, purebreds and crosses of Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red, and Dark Cornish; plus two adorable Silkie/Cochin cross bantams.

We raise 100% Grass-Fed Black Angus beef in the beautiful Ozarks of southeast Missouri. No grain, no GMOs, no antibiotics, no hormones. If interested please contact me.
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Currently have 35 chickens, purebreds and crosses of Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red, and Dark Cornish; plus two adorable Silkie/Cochin cross bantams.

We raise 100% Grass-Fed Black Angus beef in the beautiful Ozarks of southeast Missouri. No grain, no GMOs, no antibiotics, no hormones. If interested please contact me.
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