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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by speedy2020, Jul 27, 2010.
Can someone tell me if these are purebred RIR or production red?
Very pretty chickens! I don't actually know the difference between the two, wish I could be of some help.
very pretty chickens! and i think theyre RIRs but they could be PRs i suppose... sorry not too sure hopefully somebody more experianced will pitch in soon, good luck and congrats on the new chickies!
I'm guessing RIR. I am pretty sure that Production Reds are a little lighter in color.
I have a ure RIR and another hen that looks just like these. She started layig a week earlier than the RIR and has a bigger, brighter comb.????
I do have 6 Golden Comet/ Red Star/ Production Reds? They are lighter thn she is?
It is always hard to tell much from a photo, but they do not look like show quality to me. Production Reds are generally lighter in color and in weight than RIRs and tend to have a higher tail and less chest. While your photo shows lovely dark coloring, the rooster lacks chest and his shape is more triangular than brick-shaped. Take a look at the RIR Club's website for a better look at good RIRs and I believe they may have their standard on there too: http://www.crohio.com/reds/
edited to add that heritage RIRs weigh a good bit more and are larger than hatchery stock. My heritage roos weighed 10-12 lbs and the hens were 8-10 lbs. These were big birds and felt much more substantial than hatchery stock AND they laid just as well. It is really hard to tell size and weight from a photo. If you have access to the birds, pick them up. They should feel solid and meaty, not bony at all, and be more rectangular in shape than hatchery birds will be. The color will be so very dark red as to be surprising how dark they are. The black feathers will have a greenish sheen to them. The tail will not be high up in the air like a Leghorn's tail, but more straight out the back instead of up.
I agree! RIR!! Production reds are Lighter. I could be wrong but I don't think so.
Good Luck and God Bless!
All of those are Rhode Island Reds.
These are not my chicken, but I can get chick from this bloodline locally here is Seattle. I've seen these chicken in person myself. One of the hen has rose comb.