How would you know the difference?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Linda in San Diego, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Between Red Sex Linked or Rhode Island Reds?

    We got the assortment of chicks, our Delightful Dozen from a feed store. There was some confusion when the chicks came in and now I am wondering if there is a way to tell the difference.
     
  2. TundraChick

    TundraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my RIR is much "redder" than the red sex links. Also the sex links have some small white feathers the RIR is all red.
     
  3. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    I dunno... looking at Feathersite... it looks like the RIR are a bit softer overall pattern-wise with a more uniform red back and light belly as to where the red sex-links look a little more brown and stronger in their markings. Darned close though.
     
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Red sex links have a white undercoat of feathers.
     
  5. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Undercoat like feathers under the red feathers or on the belly? I do see the McMurray catalogue says Red Star have flecks of white throughout.

    That's what is making me think RIR instead of Red Star - I don't see any white feathers...LOL It makes not one bit of difference, I just want to know.
     
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    White feathers under the red feathers, as in if you lift up the red feathers you'll see white.
     
  7. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Time to catch a chicken or 3 [​IMG]
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Many times with hatchery RIRs, there isn't alot of difference, especially if you get a sexlink with not that much white on her. A breeder quality RIR doesn't even look like the same breed as a hatchery RIR most of the time. Also, sexlinks are usually lighter weight birds; still, there are too many lightweight RIRs produced by the hatcheries. Overall, it's like Lee says, the sexlink has lots of white on her usually.
     
  9. HidingInTheHenHouse

    HidingInTheHenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is my red sex link at 10 weeks.

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    You can see her white underfeathers on her tail. I would call her more orangey red or browny red than really red red.

    If that makes any sense!!
     

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