Difference in RIR chickens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BUMPKIN, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. BUMPKIN

    BUMPKIN Out Of The Brooder

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    I have noticed that a couple of the hatcheries are offering dark or single comb RIR. They are a little more expensive. Are these apurer breed? Are the lighter ones not as pure?
     
  2. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The show quality rhode island red are much darker than utility RIR. Rhode Island red can be single or rose combed.

    Tim
     
  3. BUMPKIN

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    [​IMG] Thank you. That's what I had decided. Welp's and Stromburgs both offer the dark red and the "red". The dark ones are not available till spring, tho.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I would suggest getting the RIRs from a breeder. Here are mine, hatched from eggs from Bama Chicken. Not much more beautiful than a rich, mahogany red RIR. They appear lighter than they are in the second pic due to the bright sunshine.
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  5. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful!Just beautiful!
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Thank you, Gina. I love looking at them! They are just so richly colored.
     
  7. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
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    *sighs* I do LOVE RIRs...such personalities...love them!
     
  8. BUMPKIN

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    OOH, OOH, I want, Iwant. Speckledhen they are gorgeous! Do you think Bamachicken has some now or will it be spring?
     
  9. yoker

    yoker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Hatchery RIR's look like Speckledhens.
    Does that mean that they are good for breeding?
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If you got some from a hatchery who are almost black like those, you are very lucky! Certainly, use them for breeding. Here are a couple of my hatchery RIRs:
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    Contrast that with this girl I also hatched from Bama Chicken's stock a couple years ago, now owned by rooster-red:[​IMG]
     

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