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Are these heritage RIR's or Production?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Tomfieldenloveshichickens, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. Tomfieldenloveshichickens

    Tomfieldenloveshichickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    I have 5 RIR's at 27 weeks old and they haven't laid a egg yet. Is it that they are heritage RIR's and what does that mean. If they are Heritage RIR's would they lay less and how many eggs would i be expecting?

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    Thanks

    Tom
     
  2. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look like poorly bred RIR to me. RIR should be a dark mohagany color all throughout the body - there should be no leakage of black on the shoulders/back like I'm seeing in a few pictures.
     
  3. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

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    the dark color and yellow feet would say they aren't production reds. they look like true rir but not show quality.
     
  4. Red&Yellow

    Red&Yellow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have to ask, then they're Production.
    Real, heritage RIR only come from breeders.

    That said, they are very nice, darker than most Production I've seen.
     
  5. 6chicks&aduck

    6chicks&aduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    most productoin reds dont have vry much blck in the tail or flights either like heriage rir's , and productions are'nt the dark mohogany color
     
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    I don't think there pure Rhode Island Reds.
    Might be a Rhode Island Red / Partridge Plymouth Rock cross, that would add some Black in all the wrong places.

    Where did you get them from?
    Hatchery, Breeder, Someone selling chickens, Livestock Action?

    Chris
     
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Not Heritage.

    They may be dark, but that's not the only key to it. Most of them still have the thin, tapered body of a production red. Also as Chris said, they have a lot of black for a true RIR.
     
  8. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on how YOU define heritage and what your goals are for these birds. They look like RIR to me, although there color is not SQ. Some here will tell you that you can only get Heritage birds from breeders. There are way more heritage birds that end up in the cull pen than the show pen because they are not SQ in color or type, but they are still heritage birds.

    The following link is to the American Livestock Breeds Conservatory's page where they define Heritage for poultry.
    http://albc-usa.org/heritagechicken/definition.html
     
  9. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just saw that you are from England. England has a slightly different outlook on Heritage birds. The following link is a sight that may interest you.
    http://www.rhode-island-red.co.uk/
     
  10. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    Quote:do you want to start again sparticus?
    production type RIR
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2010

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