Dark Red Rhode Island Reds

Statikat

In the Brooder
7 Years
Jul 22, 2012
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This is probably a really stupid question, but I'm curious. The majority of my birds are Reds. Two, a rooster and a hen, are much darker than the rest. Even petting these birds, they're different. They're much softer, almost rabbit like. Why such a difference?
 

Statikat

In the Brooder
7 Years
Jul 22, 2012
11
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Texas
The others are red, some reddish orange. These two are like a dark cherry color. Very pretty.
 

JohnsonHomested

In the Brooder
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Jun 29, 2012
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"Google" Heritage Rhode Island Red and compare pictures. The lighter colors are Production Reds. I found the differences explained in the Breeds section of BYC.
 

3riverschick

Poultry Lit Chaser
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May 19, 2009
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Hi Statikat!
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Consider this a friendly invitation to come over to the Heritage Large Fowl discussion on BYC.
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There are veteran RIR breeders there who can answer all your questions
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and counsel you, if you wish, on breeding your birds. Just an excellent no-flames thread for RIR folk
who want to breed the historic color.
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https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/400344/heritage-large-fowl-thread/7080
Be looking for ya there,
Karen in western PA, USA
 

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