Ideal poultry?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by chickenwoods, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. chickenwoods

    chickenwoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today i went over and looked at thier birds and i am interested in buying Some Rir's and the picture they showed,showed that thier RIR's are black?could be a bad pic?but I thought all rhode island red purebreds are RED/brown?????

    Help me out here:D Thanks
     
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  2. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    It's just a weird old fashioned drawing. RIR's are dark red when full grown.
     
  3. chickenwoods

    chickenwoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thankyou!
    I just ordered

    ----Pullets-----
    11 Rir's
    6 production reds
    8 New hampshire reds
    6 white legerns
    1 buff oprington
    and 3 rir roo's!
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    The best Rhode Island Reds are almost black in color, sort of a deep mahogany red. Hatchery birds have turned more orangey over the years and sometimes, it seems they pass off Production Reds as pure RIR's. For example, here is a picture of my RIR pullet from a breeder-she is very dark. The more orangey bird in the background is actually a RIR/ Buff Orp cross and she is the same color as my RIR's from Ideal. I can pretty much guarantee you won't get a blackish-red RIR from Ideal Poultry. They will, however, lay eggs very well.
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  5. aran

    aran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    speckled hen...i got 4 RIR from Ideal and they are REALLY dark...they are all as dark as the pretty girl in your pic!
    I need to get my camera to work so i can post some pics.
    Chickenwood...you could have let your RIR and New Hampshire reds cross to give you production reds. One thing is for sure..if you let the RIR roos at your pullets you will get some CRAZY high egg production birds! I cant imagine how well a RIR x leghorn would produce but it would be good!

    Hopefully your buff orp doesnt get too hassled by the rest. We have 3 buff orps and they are awesome gentle birds but they do get picked on a little by the rest.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    aran, you got a good batch then! Count yourself lucky on that. My three are exactly the same color as my RIR/Buff Orp cross. In fact, now that she is maturing, I have to look twice to be sure I'm not looking at one of those older hens.
     
  7. chickenwoods

    chickenwoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know how good New hampshire reds lay??
    and buff orp?
     
  8. aran

    aran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    from what i understand the RIR/New hampshire red, production red birds are excellent layers and the buff orps apparently lay well during winter also...only what ive been told as ours are all just younguns...Speckled...sounds like i may have got a good bunch! I think the buff orp RIR cross you have is really pretty.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    They're all good layers; I love my first three RIR's from Ideal. It's just for people who show birds, usually they aren't up to color standards, in my experience. However, they crank out the eggs and have unique personalities all the same, don't they? I, too, love my "Lucille Ball Redhead", Meg, LOL. Thanks for the compliment. She is a very large-bodied girl, owing to her Buff Orp mother, and her first pullet eggs are larger than the other breeds so far. I bet she'll be an excellent layer, quantity and size.
     
  10. aran

    aran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    SH--> our buffs seem to be the most friendly of all our birds even the cochins...they have the most gentle natures. Im sure you are right about the difference in show quality and hatchery quality birds...my wife and i were talking about this yesterday...we have some eggs in the bator from show stock ( private breeders) and are really looking forward to seeingif we can spot the differences in quality between the ideal birds and the show stock ones.
     

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