12+ Show Quality Heritage RI Red Hatching Eggs

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  1. luckypickens

    luckypickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our Heritage RI Reds are a beautiful deep dark mahogany red. They are a show strain that has been raised and shown for over 50 years by the George Ryan Family in Arkansas and have won numerous Blue Ribbons and Best of Show at our county and state fair by them. These are the true old type strain that have the pearl with rusty lacing on the legs. The standard now calls for yellow legs but I have never had any judge knock them down yet since they are a true old strain and all the judges just love them. They lay nice size brown eggs and make great fryers or baking hens too! Very sweet gentle birds, we've never had a mean rooster in all the years of raising them. They range really well and are very hardy in the winter too. They are defiantly a year round winner in my flock! Most that we have laying now are pullets that just started laying in October, so eggs are a little smaller than normal, but will get bigger as they get into full lay. We have 3 roosters with 25 hens and have had great fertility and hatch rate to date.

    All birds on our farm are blood tested Pullorum/Typhoid clean. We see that our birds are kept happy and healthy by giving them the best feed and TLC daily! Our Heritage RI Reds get to free range while our purebred bantams are kept in individual breeding pens away from predators. We feed a high quality, high protein all natural game bird breeder pellet with vitamins and minerals in the water daily to insure high fertility. We also feed a little scratch grains, Calf Manna and veggie treats from the garden daily. We LOVE spoiling our birds and it shows!

    Chicken raisin' is all we do so I assure you we gather often to keep the eggs from getting to hot or to cold to stay fresh and fertile for you. Our hatching eggs we send out are no more than three days old. They are turned three times a day and stored in a temperature controlled room to assure you the best possible hatch. Eggs are usually fairly clean, but may contain occasional soiling. I do not wash eggs but will brush of excess soiling if present. Washing can contaminate the eggs and may decrease hatch rate. Eggs are wrapped individually in paper towels and bubble wrap then wrapped in an egg carton that is then nestled and secured in crumpled newspaper and box is clearly marked FRAGILE-DO NOT FREEZE. I have found if I don't put Hatching Eggs on the box they get treated better also, but will gladly mark them that way if you so want. I've had very good success shipping this way. We have had an excellent hatch rate on our farm ourselves this year as well as with our shipped eggs. However, we cannot guarantee your hatch rate due to circumstances out of our control. Rough postal handling and incubator mishaps will make perfectly fertile eggs not develop or hatch. Purchasing shipped hatching eggs is a risk. Please be understanding and know this when purchasing hatching eggs.
    When your eggs arrive carefully unwrap them and store them pointy end down at room temperature for 12-24 hours to help the air cell settle from shipping.

    We ship eggs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturdays. We prefer not to ship eggs out on Thursday or Fridays in order to help prevent the possibility of your eggs sitting an additional night somewhere in the mail system. Eggs are shipped as soon as payment is made unless you contact me with a shipping date you prefer.

    If you don't want the eggs at the time bidding is over, no problem!!!

    WE WILL SHIP YOUR EGGS ON THE DAY YOU CHOOSE!!!

    Just let us know the date you want shipped when you send payment. We are always happy to work with you on a shipping date.

    Thank you, good luck and happy bidding from Lucky Pickens Farm!

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  2. IamTheChickenWhisperer

    IamTheChickenWhisperer Out Of The Brooder

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    Lovely! The way a RIR SHOULD look! [​IMG]
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Do you weigh your hens? Or have photos of the rooster out of the cage? His tail looks really high set, but it could be the cage.
     
  4. luckypickens

    luckypickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No I haven't weighted any of the hens, guess I need to do that sometime. Did post a few more pictures and one of the roosters "George Jr" that really shows the deep dark coloring of them. I have 4 that i breed with and they pretty much look all the same. The one in the cage showing is "Earnie" and really he was feeling good. The judge had just given him a good going over LOL!
     
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Yes, I see the nice coloring. [​IMG] However, the rooster looks to have a high set tail, when a SQ/Heritage male should have a tail angle no more than 40 degrees. And, I'd like a promising appearance or weight of a meaty hen; a brick shaped, large hen. How many other RIR's do they usually compete with at shows?
     
  6. luckypickens

    luckypickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree Earnies tail set is a little higher than it should be, but he was my husbands pick to show. My rooster Bert has a better tail set but the judge liked Earnie better. I laughed and told my husband he paid off the judge LOL! A few of the pictures are of some 6 month old pullets taken after a rain. They all look a little muddy and have now filled out even more. I added another of one of the older hens, so you can see they are beefy. Her name is Grandma and she is 10 years old. She still looks pretty good for an old lady LOL! George Ryan showed the birds more when he was alive. Since we manage a cattle farm we don't get a chance to get away as much. We have raised and gave away lots of them to 4-H kids in our county. Several have now taken them to state and to a few other poultry shows and have done very well with them. I know they are very nice quality birds but not every bird hatched is going to be perfect. I am in the works to add another show strain into mine hoping to put the yellow into their legs, but the true old strains had the pearl colored legs. They really are striking to see the reddish lacing on them and really I kinda like them better than the yellow legs. Just my 2 cents though LOL! They defiantly will make a nice addiction to anyone's flock. They are very hardy, sweet loving birds and I just love them.
     

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