Isa Browns and Rhode Island reds together

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sandstock, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. Sandstock

    Sandstock New Egg

    Dec 13, 2015
    I have three Rhode Island Red hens in with Rhode Island Red rooster and 7 isa brown hens and one white hen. All great layers and I have been selling fertile eggs and incubating myself as well. Just wondering how I can tell the eggs apart so I can offer pure reds as opposed to a mix. Also how can I tell the pure red chicks from the cross breds
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Simplest would be to put the RIR hens in a separate enclosure with nests and only hatch eggs from those nests.
    That might also allow you to learn to ID the RIR eggs without separation in the future.

    I have a temporary partition wall I can install in my coop, has a separate run too.
    It worked great a few weeks ago when I was trying to pin point who was laying a certain colored egg...
    .....only took a couple days to suss it out.

    Have you been able to tell the difference in the chicks as they hatch?
    I have no clue if those chicks would look different enough to tell, just a thought.

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