Dark Red Rhode Island Reds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Statikat, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. Statikat

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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?
     
  2. JohnsonHomested

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    Heritage Reds? How dark are they?
     
  3. Statikat

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    The others are red, some reddish orange. These two are like a dark cherry color. Very pretty.
     
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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.
     
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    Will do! Thank you!
     
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    Hi Statikat! [​IMG]
    Consider this a friendly invitation to come over to the Heritage Large Fowl discussion on BYC. [​IMG]
    There are veteran RIR breeders there who can answer all your questions [​IMG]
    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. [​IMG]
    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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