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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by soulsong, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. soulsong

    soulsong Songster

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    So here's the story:
    I had a flock of Buff Orps, with 2 black australorps 2yrs ago (my only roo was a Buff). For a school project I hatched out chicks from my flock and some extra's my friend had from her Rhode Island Reds.

    Of the hatch I ended up with three chicks, two roo's and Frede (hen), the boys have since gone on, lovely coyotes [​IMG]

    I always thought Frede was a RIR because she was soooo much darker then my buffs...well this past fall we decided to change to RIR cause Frede was such a prolific layer my husband said we needed more like her. So in comes a flock of RIR's that a friend of his had too many of...and whoa...wait a minute... Frede isnt nearly as dark as they are!

    So now I am confused....she is really to dark to be buff (at least thats what I thought - since my buffs were rather pale) but she isnt dark enough to be RIR ...is she? I never saw my friends flock of RIR's so ....is there this much variation?

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    here is my Roo, a hen and behind them you can see Frede, and the color difference.
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    and just cause Frede is such a camera hog!!
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  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

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    She looks like some of my production red hens. They're hatchery birds and I'm not sure if it's a RIR X strain or just a RIR strain that tends to be lighter in body and color then true to type RIR's but does lay very well..?? Hopefully someone else will chime in. I love my Buff, but she's not even close to my best layer, she's an awesome mamma though.
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I bet Frede is a NHR, or possibly a production Red. Your challenge now is to find out what those terms mean..... [​IMG]

    #1 -New Hampshire Red.
    #2 - hybrid with some RIR or NHR in it.
     
  4. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

    Jun 29, 2009
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    My Coop
    Quote:I second this!! [​IMG]
     
  5. SallyF

    SallyF Songster 9 Years

    Jul 5, 2009
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    And I'll third it.
     
  6. soulsong

    soulsong Songster

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    Thanks Everyone!
    I must have misunderstood my friend when she told me what her birds where..... [​IMG] which wouldnt be surprising since at that time I was just starting out and didnt know many breeds.
    Regardless of what she is, Frede is a wonderful hen , friendly, curious and an awesome layer!
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2010
  7. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    Alot of people call these RIR because that what many of the hatcheries sold for RIR. More recently, I think with more public awareness, more hatcheries are starting to carry the darker, closer to standard, RIR. Yours looks like a production red and if the egg laying is that prolific, it probably is. The darker ones should be good layers, but maybe not as good as as Frede.
     

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