Mystery Chicken

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by laurie9503, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. Production Red

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  2. Wellsummer

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  3. Rhode Island

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  4. Some Other Breed

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  5. A Mix of Rhodie & Leghorn

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  1. laurie9503

    laurie9503 Out Of The Brooder

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    So, we went to pick up our 2 day old buff orpington chick and turned out later, as she matured, that we got some mystery chicken instead. She's now 3 months old. Here she is. She's got a nice light pink comb thankfully which is a good sign of a girl. We are thinking she's a production red with Rhodie (upright body and reddish feathers) and Leghorn (big legs). She's also very social and sweet. What say all of you out there, what's your vote for breed and sex?
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    Here she is standing next to 3 month old americauna, behind a 3 year orpington, and the banty rooster in the foreground.
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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'd say a generic red cockerel.
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    That's looking like a production red boy to me.
     
  4. BuffOrps123

    BuffOrps123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cockerel definetely
     
  5. Tricoglossus

    Tricoglossus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you please explain how a production red rooster can be red in colour?
     
  6. lilliesanchicks

    lilliesanchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they mean the hatcheries version of a Rhode Island Red which some call production reds.
     
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  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Hatcheries do not sell true bred birds and it shows most obviously in the Rhode Island Reds. But even those hatcheries that sell their light colored, smaller, higher production RIR, they'll still sell a generic red bird for even higher production commonly known as a production red.

    There is often a lot of mediterrean blood blended in to ramp up egg production. These birds hold their tails higher, have smaller, lighter bodies and are lighter in color than a true bred RIR. The body shapes are also much more generic. The true bred RIR has a brick body shape, these various production reds do not.

    These are true bred RIR and look nothing like the production type birds.

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  8. BuffOrps123

    BuffOrps123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks :) I need to know!!!
     
  9. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I think you're confusing Red Sex Link and Production Red. Red Sex Link males are white. Production Reds (thanks for that great explanation by Fred above) will be red birds. Here's my fully mature Production Red (hatchery RIR) rooster, at 3 years old, with one of his daughters. He died this spring from a systemic infection, sadly. He was awesome.
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  10. Tricoglossus

    Tricoglossus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh I see, so when you use the phrase "production red" you mean a hatchery quality RIR? Prior to this I thought that the phrase "production red" was synonymous with "sex link" layers eg Isa brown, Hi-line, etc. Thanks for clearing that up!
     

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