Need help identify if these are purebred RIR or production red

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by speedy2020, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    I purchased several RIR chicks from local person 3 months ago. I did some research later date and many place consider production red as RIR. I am 70% sure these are purebred RIR after my research, but again could be wrong. The purebred getting rare so I do want keep this breed for sometime.

    1) Can you tell me if these are Purebred RIR or Production Red?

    2) Which rooster should keep if these are purebred (top, middle, or bottom photo) ? My choice would be either top or bottom one. The middle rooster color is not dark enough.


    Last edited: Jul 24, 2010
  2. watersoflethe

    watersoflethe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    Corona/Mira Loma CA
    i have the same problem i can't tell if they are production red or RIR can someone mention some difference?
  3. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    They look like RIR to me - my productin reds were much lighter red
    The purebreds I think may have the bigger comb
  4. Beth G.

    Beth G. Gaetano Family Farm

    They are pretty dark in these pictures. If I had to take an educationed guess on this one yes they are pure RIR. But, in the pictures it's hard to tell. I find that in natural daylight you can tell better. I have production Reds too and they are much lighter in color than yours appear to be in the photo. Maybe another RIR specialist will chime in.
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    They could be R.I. Reds. (but still could be from a hatchery) Are you wanting these birds as as pets of to show?
    If you are going to try to show them I will say from what I see all of them even the hens have major faults which makes me think that either these birds came from a hatchery or the breeder that didn't know what they were doing and or didn't breed to the breed standard.

    As witch one to keep it is hard to say not knowing what you are going to use them for.
    If you could, take a side profile picture of them (standing as natural as possible)
    As for darkness I don't think any that you have are all that dark but but better pictures would help..

    Last edited: Jul 24, 2010
  6. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    Quote:My original plan was for good egg production, but after some reading about RIR I want purebred. I know these probably not show bird. I just replace new photos. They are not good because the tree shade.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2010

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