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Dark RIR from Whelp Hatchery

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by dave27889, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. dave27889

    dave27889 Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    Washington, NC
    What is a Dark RIR. I just cancelled my order from McMurry because they only have production reds. I was told Whelp had them. I called a coupe of mins ago and asked what the difference was in their RIR and their Dark RIR. The lady said they were but true RIR's the differenc was the Dark RIR was darker and a little bigger. She said they both were trur RIR's and that production reds were even bigger and only a rust color. She said both of their RIR's had the brick type body and the dark color and the green tails. HELP because I want a true RIR to make eggs and chicks. I also want to do some sex-links for friends. Thanks Dave27889 Eastern N.C.
  2. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    I cant be much help but I ordered 7 SR DRIR from Welp the other day... I think they are a beautiful bird!
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Haven't seen Welp's dark RIRs in person. I have hatchery RIRs AND breeder RIRs. The dark ones are much, much larger, calmer and much more beautiful. Here is one of my "Amazon-hens"

    Here is one of my hatchery girls (only one left...the other two died from internal laying) This girl was my darkest hatchery girl:

  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    Quote:wow shes a big one alright! [​IMG] beautiful!
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    These are giant girls. They are also quiet, calm, sweet and non-aggressive to the rest of the flock. I love them so much. One day, I may get more eggs to hatch to get another rooster, but my source doesn't have this breed anymore. geareduplyn (Gary) has some similar to mine, very dark and lovely.
  6. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    Quote:I agree, there is a night and day difference between production reds and "real" RIR's. Our RIR's are calm and very good natured. We started out with just a few and like them so much there is about 30 or 40 in the brooder box now.

    Steve in NC
  7. Whoa, thats so weird. I was coming to this section to ask this SAME question.

    I ordered some normal rhode island reds from welp last spring and they were very dark, and layed lots of eggs. People often thought I had heritage breed. I think I am going to purchase some darks from Welp and maybe some normal.
  8. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Lakeland, Ga

    Tail angle and quill color is a big issue with the so called dark Reds from the hatchery, and seldom do you get the dark horn on the legs in the hatchery birds.This particular pen is Mohawk,Rademacher,Nelson, and Anthony Ashley Pullets topped off with a Reese Male
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2009
  9. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    Pine Grove, so those are NOT Whelp hatchery birds then???

    I was getting ready to order me some ASAP if they were! lol
  10. Lol, me too. As soon as I saw the picture I was ready to order. [​IMG]

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