Difference in RIR chickens

BUMPKIN

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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?
 

tadkerson

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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
 

BUMPKIN

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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.
 

speckledhen

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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.

 

yoker

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

speckledhen

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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:

Contrast that with this girl I also hatched from Bama Chicken's stock a couple years ago, now owned by rooster-red:
 

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