Is this a Rhode Island Red?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by JuicyFatHead, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. JuicyFatHead

    JuicyFatHead Chirping

    Apr 3, 2011
    This is Nugget. She is about 3 years old. We got her in a mixed handful of pullets from our neighbor. We really like this chicken and want more. I thought she was a RIR... however, looking them up, she's not that dark, and she is certainly not aggressive. She is a big chicken. We have a few golden comets, so I know for sure she is not one.

    I would love your thoughts! I would love more of her kind. I may end up trying the speckled sussex instead if I can't figure it out. I don't want to get RIR if they are agressive. ?

    Those white feathers are no longer showing. (that was when one of our roos favored her).. she is totally red, kind of shiny, with a few black tips on the tail. Yellow legs..

  2. chickenmaniac

    chickenmaniac Chirping

    Mar 12, 2012
    New hampshire
  3. She certainly comes from a red lineage. The NH, a great red bird, was developed out the RIR a long time ago. The fact is that hatcheries and backyard keepers have kept and bred red birds for a long time. Most of the lines used by modern hatcheries simply have deviated from the pure, heritage, mahogany, brick shaped, genuine RIR a long time ago. The modern red birds sold as RIR as a far cry from the true bred bird, which are very, very rare. True New Hampshires are equally rare. You might enjoy reading some of the BYC thread here called The Heritage Rhode Island Red Thread, by Robert Blosi. It is eye-opening, if nothing else. I find it fascinating. There is also a heritage NH thread too.

    I've also had red sex links that following a molt, take on adult feathering that is nice, golden/red and even with just some black tips.

    In a nutshell? She's a great red bird. If you want like her, you might also mean you want more with her personality and egg laying ability. Without knowing what strain she came from, that is going to be extremely difficult. Even hatch matches takes on far different individual personalities. If you want good red hens, most hatcheries sell them under NH, RIR, production reds, etc. Hope you get more red hens that you enjoy. Best wishes.
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2012
  4. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Songster

    Aug 25, 2011
    Milwaukie, Oregon
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    Hatchery quality rhode island red. They lay very good eggs. Some call them production reds. Here's my sweetheart Gypsy last night. She won't leave my side when I'm out with them.

    I just love her!
  6. crayon

    crayon Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Hillman Michigan
    I agree a production red. We have 2 and they are the funniest ones in the bunch!
  7. JuicyFatHead

    JuicyFatHead Chirping

    Apr 3, 2011
    Ok! That's a start! It makes sense that she's a production red. She came from McMurray. I thought the RIR pics looked much darker than her. Yes, she has great personality and is a dependable layer. Your comments were very helpful! Thank you!
  8. JuicyFatHead

    JuicyFatHead Chirping

    Apr 3, 2011
    What a beauty! And sounds like quite a friendly little bird!
  9. Robert Blosl

    Robert Blosl Rest in Peace -2013

    Mar 1, 2010
    Silverhill, Alabama

    These are the original Rhode Island Reds from say 1940s. A great strain from Bill Bennett of Lakeland Gerogia.

    What you have is the hatcery verision of the Rhode Island Red started in the late 1940s that went for increased egg production. They lost the deep red color and shape as egg production will take size away from this old breed. They are good layers and thier are thousands of them in the USA The picture above may only have 300 per winter . bob
  10. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Crowing

    Apr 8, 2008
    I think she's a New Hampshire Red, not a Rhode Island Red. Even hatchery production RIRs are darker red than yours. I've had both, and this looks like a New Hampshire Red to me.

    edited to add--my RIRs and NHRs were from MMM, also. My MMM RIRs were much darker red than this, but the NHR looked just like this. Can you find out what color she was as a chick? They're very different as chicks.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2012

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