Production Reds and NH Reds - which is which??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lengel, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. lengel

    lengel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh dear.

    I ordered four Production Reds and eight NH Reds from Ideal. They are now four weeks old. My understanding was that the Production Reds are unusually small and needed to be kept separate so that they have a better chance of survival. I thought I could tell which was which when I got them at one day old but now I can't. They are four weeks old and I can't tell the difference. They all seem to be about the same size and the feather colors aren't very different any more.

    Can anyone tell me what I should be looking for? Or if it matters? Thanks for your help. Here they are:

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  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Even if you dont know which is which now, later on, the NHs should develop black in their tail and some black streaking in their hackles. Then you'll know. My hatchery NHs were yellowish as chicks, not reddish.
     
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  3. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    The production reds should also get a little lighter and have white in them.
     
  4. lengel

    lengel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
     
  5. Sequin

    Sequin Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    If all the chicks are doing fine, I wouldn't worry about it much. If you start noticing them picking on certain ones, then I would take care of those seperately if need calls for it. They are really cute!!!
     

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