Originally Posted by SusanD
My parents and I noticed that our 7 month old RIR (I think she's a production one since we got her from a feedstore) is more petite than our other two (Langshan and Wellsummer). She seems to be doing fine otherwise (she runs around with the other two and lays pretty consistently). Do RIR tend to be on the smaller side, or is this something to be concerned about?
Heritage RIR's are of the Heavy or Large Fowl groupings.. your red probably is a production red, which is two different things. Typically, production reds are smaller, as their use is geared for egg production, not meat. While heritage RIR's are considered a dual use bird. Our RIR rooster at 23 weeks (tomorrow) is Huge. He is double the size of our EE Rooster. Putting him next to one of my leghorn females, she looks like a banty compared to him. lol I wouldn't be concerned about her size. Our RIR females are also sizeable, but not anywhere near what he is in size.
Here is a good comparable between our Production Red (Red sex link) and our heritage RIR Rooster. He is quite a bit bigger than her. She is 2, and he was, at the time was 16 and a half weeks old. ( the light is filtering through the trees, so makes his colour look off..)
Edited by sandesnow - 10/1/15 at 4:42pm