Just got 2 Rhode Island Red chicks, but do I have a mix? some pics

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by lyndatu, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. lyndatu

    lyndatu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello [​IMG]

    I got 2 Rhode Island Red chicks and they were soooo good. Thanks to all your help! [​IMG]

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    But! I noticed something different; I think one of my RIR's is crossed with a cornish. I said it cannot be because that means it will EAT and POOP, like, every minute! The other one looks pure, though. Let us see some of my blurry pics:

    Mixed with a cornish?:

    This one is a little bigger than the other pure breed. Her "fur" is bald-looking, a bit aggressive, eats and poops a lot, noisy, messy, and sometimes hurt the other one. All these characteristics are the same as my previous cornishes. When I carry her she struggles very much. She is brown, though.

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    When we bought them at the store I can clearly see some mixed breeds in the cage; brown with a mix of yellow.....etc


    Pure breed RIR:

    This little one is smaller than the mixed breed. She is cuter. She is fluffier. She is friendlier and tamer than the cornish. Doesn't eat and poop as much as the cornish do. She doesn't struggle much when I carry her. Her eyes are different and better than the cornish. She looks very young and always follows the other one, but the other one always hurts her. [​IMG]

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    Her eyes are the same as this chick's at feathersite.com, as well as the other characteristics.
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    Can you confirm if the other one is indeed a mix?

    Thanks in advance! [​IMG]

    Oh and the position of the light bulb in the brooder is temporary; we'll place it on a corner soon.
     
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  2. lyndatu

    lyndatu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Uhm....
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The brown ones you saw at the store were probably the rhode island reds. The ones you have look like buff orpington, but I guess they could be something else since lots of chicks look similar. They definitely don't look cornish to me.

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  4. smnytx

    smnytx Out Of The Brooder

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    your RIRs don't look a whole lot like mine did - yours are much "blonder" (mine being more "strawberry blonde")... but who knows? There could be a big variation. Here are pics of mine as she developed, in case it helps...

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    about a week old:
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    about three weeks:
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    almost two months old:
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    and now, at 2 1/2 months:
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    (isn't she pretty?)

    I hope yours are RIRs, and just a bit lighter as chicks than mine is. Good luck with your adventure! Oh - and I love your brooder box!
     
  5. lyndatu

    lyndatu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh God I am getting confused!!!

    Are my chicks orpingtons, or RIR's? WHich is whiCH? WAAAAH! [​IMG]
     
  6. libedavi

    libedavi New Egg

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    Where did you get your RIR. I'mplanning to buy one too.
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  7. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    They're not RIR for sure. Rhode Island Reds are unmistakably RED at hatch. They could be New Hampshire Red, which start out life as strawberry blondes. Could also be buff Orpingtons, white or buff Rocks, or some others.

    Feed stores are not known for selling actual Rhode Island Reds. They are most usually Production Reds, which is a hybrid bird (not a breed) that has been bred from RIR and NHR. They tend to be much lighter in color than actual RIR and lack the distinctive "brick" body shape of a true RIR. If I hadn't sold my Production Reds I'd have run out to take a photo of the difference between a Production Red chick and a Rhode Island Red chick. The differences are marked when you have two to compare. However, even Production Reds are red at hatch, not blonde like your babies.

    What color are the feathers that are coming in on the wings? I can't tell in that red brooder light.

    I doubt you have any mixed breeds. I expect that you have hatchery quality chicks of some breed or hybrid. Wait until they are--older 8+ weeks--and post photos again. We'll have a much easier time IDing them then. So many chicks look identical at this age. I know it's hard, but you'll have to wait. [​IMG]
     
  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    You posted on a thread that is 7 years old. LOL

    I'd suggest you might ask your questions on a fresh thread of your own, or at least a thread that is current and alive.
     

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