Isa Browns and Rhode Island reds together

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

  1. Sandstock

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    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

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    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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