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What breeds of chickens are red?

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We were told the chicks we bought at IFA were Road Island reds. Now that they are about 12 weeks old the one that was the runt isn't looking as dark as the other red one. We are trying to figure out what breeds they may be. They both have yellow feet. The darker red seems to have red by her ears. Not sure on the other one.

I'll try and take pictures. Just very curious if they are the same breed or not.

Thank you for any suggestions. Also these were sold in Utah if that helps.

post #2 of 14

Rhode Island reds, New Hampshires, Production reds, red sex links are a few that I can think of off the top of my head.

post #3 of 14

I'm imagining that you either got Red Stars or Production Reds.  Red stars come in a number of different combinations... The Cinnamon Queen is my favorite... great layer and then a great stewing hen after.

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post #4 of 14

Photos would help a lot.

Lots of chicks are sold as RIR.  The label is used rather loosely, which is a bit unfortunate for the breeders of true, mahogany Reds.
Here's one of the pullets I have and though they aren't too bad, they are not up to the breed standard.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/69833_dscf0063.jpg

 

 

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post #5 of 14

Do they look anything like these?
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/85493_101_1385.jpg
Mine are red sex links, one has alot more of the reddish coloring than the other but they are the same breed as far as I know.  The man who sold them to me told me they were RIR and he also sold me a PR which turned out to be a red sex link rooster LoL!  Sex link are supposed to be great layers and so far they are my nicest birds, although I only have 5 sex links and one BO/wyandotte mix to compare, I guess Im a little biased  wink

post #6 of 14

confusedturtle, what breed are the two brown hens in your picture? sorry for hijacking the thread tongue

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English Springer Spaniel Lexi, 2 Guinea Pigs Sugar & Spice, 2 Aylesbury Ducks Tilly & Toots, 1 Vorwerk Cockerel Roger, 8 Mixed Breed Hens, and 9 cross breed eggs in the incubator! Due 9th August!
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post #7 of 14

the "gold ones" in the above post, are Red Sex Link, I have 2, Gold Comets...they are also called Cinnamon Queens, or several other names...

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/68634_gs1.jpg


http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/68634_dsc_0106-5.jpg
(my RIR pullet)

Live in Colorado....1 Calif. white, 2 Australorp, 3 Barred Rock, 1 Gold Comet, 2 Black Sex link, 3 EE pullets, 1 Golden Duckwing roo, 1 EE/Old English Game mix roo,1 silkie/cochin mix, & 1 Production  red
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Live in Colorado....1 Calif. white, 2 Australorp, 3 Barred Rock, 1 Gold Comet, 2 Black Sex link, 3 EE pullets, 1 Golden Duckwing roo, 1 EE/Old English Game mix roo,1 silkie/cochin mix, & 1 Production  red
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post #8 of 14

Depends on your view of "red" - But usually a "red" chicken is a Red/Golden Sexlink or a Production Red. (hatchery Rhode Island Red)


Sexlinks will have white on their necks and tails.

Production Reds will have black on their tails, sometimes wingtips, sometimes necks.


Edited by Illia - 8/2/11 at 9:47am

Araucanas, Polish, Shamos, Olive Eggers, and a handful of Finn Sheep, Wensleydale Sheep, Gotland Sheep, Kinder Goats, a Yak, and various rare breed Turkeys, Ducks, and Pigs.

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Araucanas, Polish, Shamos, Olive Eggers, and a handful of Finn Sheep, Wensleydale Sheep, Gotland Sheep, Kinder Goats, a Yak, and various rare breed Turkeys, Ducks, and Pigs.

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post #9 of 14

Mine are red sex link pullets, they are about 12-13 weeks old.  Sorry it took so long to get back to you, its decent weather so Im doing lawnwork

post #10 of 14

Anyone know what breed Veldfire is? She is such a sweet hen, but I have no clue on what she is. 
 


 

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