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Am I a RIR? (Warning: pic heavy)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by SillyChick, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. SillyChick

    SillyChick Songster

    Dec 15, 2007

    My Rhode Island Red hen Laura is now 5 months old and is soon to lay. I'm quite excited of finally having to taste a fresh egg. She's still not squatting though.

    But, is she really a RIR? Am I waiting for nothing? There have been odd markings on her feathers. I check the websites to know the characteristics of a RIR: yellow skin and maroon-colored feathers. I checked Laura and she has yellow skin and is starting to grow maroon feathers on her head. But she also has black markings on the back of her neck and some white spots on her body. So I armed myself with my camera(phone) and turned on the computer straight to BYC.com to be sure. Here are some pics:









    My friend was holding her in her arms and she said that I put my ear on Laura's back to hear something. Then Laura pecked me in my teeth! Spit! Spit! I tasted something awful afterwards. Then I carried Laura to pet her, then she attempted to "kiss" me again! Luckily I evaded it, though.

    Can you confirm if she's a RIR? Oh, and can you guess what's her gender?

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2008
  2. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    She looks like she might be a RIR mix of some kind. And she looks like a she to me. The markings on her look kinda mille fleur like [​IMG] Looks like she likes to be held [​IMG]
  3. SillyChick

    SillyChick Songster

    Dec 15, 2007
    Oh no......... Do you think she's still going to lay? :|
  4. mario2girls

    mario2girls Songster

    Sep 5, 2007
    of course,,, she will lay..
  5. stilwellchick

    stilwellchick Songster

    Jun 16, 2007
    Stilwell, KS
    I am not sure she is a RIR, looks more like a sex link, Cinnamon Queen or Red Star. Could be a mix. She is pretty and looks like she is a friendly on too!
  6. SillyChick

    SillyChick Songster

    Dec 15, 2007
    Thanks for the replies, everyone. Really appreciated it.

    I wish she would still lay strong even if she's not a RIR. I fear that she might be a poor layer...... and oh yes, she is friendly - and by friendly, I mean extremely friendly - she never hurt anyone so far and likes to be held. Thanks again! I'll try to research some more.
  7. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Maybe she is what the hatcheries call a "production red", which I think is a RIR crossed with other good-laying breed to get a good layer. I'm sure she will lay well for you!
    They peck teeth because they are shiny and yummy-looking. Eyes, too, watch out!
    Why is your friend wearing a dust mask?
  8. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    i have a hen just like her, we'r pretty sure she's a Red Star.
  9. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    When my RIR's were that old they were a real dark red, your looks more like a red-star cross.
  10. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California

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