Barred Rock VS RIR

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by aShMaNv, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. aShMaNv

    aShMaNv Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Choctaw, OK
    OK I got a question. I have some RIR and production reds. A good buddy of mine has a real nice quality Barred Rock flock and gave me 18 eggs to hatch out in my incubator. I really dont have enough space to start another flock. I am for sure going to keep a couple of the barred rock hens. But i got to thinking and was trying to compare the two breeds. Everything i have read says that RIR are better layers that Barred rocks. If this is true why do so many people prefer the Rocks over RIR? I was just looking for someone to help compare the two breeds for me. Thanks in advance [​IMG]
  2. coltssuperbowl83

    coltssuperbowl83 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    I don't really know too much about RIR's but we have a barred rock roo. My wife would rather have the barred rock because one day during the summer we were outside and a mouse was by her foot and she didn't see it and then all of the sudden the barred rock roo jetted toward my wife and gobbled that mouse off and ran away! [​IMG] A RIR probably would too but i just thought the story was funny and thats why we'd rather have the barred rock. Take care.
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    From hatchery quality, they're kind of the same, but some BR's are bigger. They're both bred for production, so they're on the lightweight side and lay a lot of brown eggs, plus both have some strains of aggression in roosters, and they're both hardy. So really, they're the same.

    From heritage and/or show quality lines, they do differ though, but I don't have the experience to say with what, other than how they look and weigh.
  4. aShMaNv

    aShMaNv Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Choctaw, OK
    Quote:That is one of the pluses for me. The BR roosters are bigger and there is a chicken auction every other friday where i could make about $8 off all my extra roos. But im mainly in it for eggs.
  5. aShMaNv

    aShMaNv Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Choctaw, OK
    Anyone else? [​IMG]
  6. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2009
    I have had both breeds. The RIR were the best layers and they were slightly bigger. The BRs were dumb they were purely stupid. They laid pretty good thru the winter and some were fat. Both roosters had a good temperment. The RIR hens tended to be aggressive.
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I like the BR because they're smallish hens (yes, hatchery birds) so don't eat much but still lay like crazy. I think they're prettier to look at than a solid red hen. Plus, you can put the hens under a variety of roos and get sex-link chicks [​IMG]

    I guess hatchery RIRs may be smallish, I guess I still think of them as a larger bird, thus eating more. I've also heard a lot about aggressive RIR roos.
  8. ddroland

    ddroland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Eastern PA
    I have both RIR and BR, both seem to lay about the same and continue to produce over the winter. I much prefer the BR though purely from an aesthetics perspective. I have both penned purebreds and a free range flock and the BR are a much better looking bird to have running around the yard. My RIRs seem to be in a perpetual state of molt, which is usually a quality of a good layer, but for me that is only half the equation.

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