Has anyone ever bred a orping roo to rir hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by carld1121, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. carld1121

    carld1121 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have some lemon cuckoo orpintons beaiutiful birds, just bored yall know how it is. Has anyone ever done this cross breed? Any pics? If so, if you hatch orp/rir and get two blood lines and breed them to each other will they hold their new cross? or would it be like a sex link?
     
  2. PirocaKeeper

    PirocaKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did once and got a pullet darker/redder than the orpington, but nowhere near the color of the RIR. I actually cross them both ways. RIR roo over orpington hens (got a boy that look like a New Hampshire red) and Orpington rooster over RIR red and got a pullet. Pretty, but nothing spectacular. Enough color difference that I can tell her apart, but not shockingly different. She looks really half way, body like a RIR, but feathers like the Orp. For me after one try each way, my curiosity was satisfied. Don't get me wrong I love her, but she is nothing shocking. I have to say, she is a really, really good layer of very large spotted brown eggs. I named her Cherry.
     
  3. carld1121

    carld1121 Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you for your input :) i just thought it would be interesting because my orp roo is cuckoo. spectacular cuckoo actually. and i thought about doing orp over rir then the same orp of those chicks. i thought it would make an excellent winter layer
     
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    PirocaKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should try, what do you have to loose. maybe you will get even prettier little ones and then you can post pictures for all of us to admire. :)
     

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