Ideal's Production Reds and RIRs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Cowgirl71, May 17, 2010.

  1. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    I'm trying to decide wether to buy some RIR or Production Red roos to cross with some RIW and BR hens to make sex-links. My goal: an easy-keeper hen that lays lots of big brown eggs. Ideal says that their PR lays more and larger eggs than their RIR. But they also say:

    "Since they have brittle feathers and because their body size is relatively small for the size eggs that they produce, they are more susceptible to cannibalism and are not recommended for high-density wire laying facilities."

    Do I need to worry at all about this? Especially since any hens I'd have would be at most half PR? Above all, he'd also need to be a good rooster (though I realize that there are individuals within breeds). He needs to treat me with respect, and be good to his hens, while keeping all of the eggs fertile. Which breed should I choose???
    Last edited: May 17, 2010
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    I am assuming that you got your R.I. Whites from a hatchery? There the Single Comb type, Right?

    If so I don't know if they will work in a Sex-link breeding.
    Know a far as using a R.I. Red or a Production Red, I would use a R.I. Red because some Production Reds have Leghorn blood in them and they may not work in a sex-link breeding...

  3. bigstack

    bigstack Songster

    Jan 4, 2010
    Texarkana, TX
    I only have a couple RIR roos but I love them! They are so protective even at a young age!!! Mine are very sweet and gentle too!

    Good luck and God Bless!
  4. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    Thanks! I'm planning to get my RIW from Ideal Hatchery. Their drawing is of a single-combed pair. They do imply that you can use them for making sex-links: "Rhode Island Red males mated with Rhode Island White females produce Gold Sex Link chicks, which can be sexed when they hatch." So I guess I'll see!

    On their PR description they say: "Crosses utilizing Rhode Island Reds and New Hampshire Reds were used in the development of this breed." So I don't think there's any WL in them, but there could be. I may very well get RIR, just to be safe...

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