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Question about Cross Breeding

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jrsqlc, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. jrsqlc

    jrsqlc Obsessed with Peafowl

    Dec 22, 2009
    Northwest Ohio
    I was wondering about cross breeding.

    What is the difference between a Production Red, Red Sex-link and, Red Cross?

    I understand there are different hens used to achieve them, but are they all basically the same?
    And exactly how are they all crossed to get what?
    I think a RIR rooster is used for all of them?

    I am looking to get some more hens to produce alot of brown eggs for a small family restaurant.
    I have been told that the Production or Red Star is what I should use because they are light on feed but lay like crazy.
    Is this true?

  2. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Endless Mts, NE PA
    I think they are all the same, just some hatcheries call them by different names. And yes, both the red or black sex-link are lighter birds with high egg productions, especially the first two years.
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Quote:Production Reds-
    Production Reds can be either bred solely from R.I. Red's with no outside blood being introduced, or some believe that Production Reds are a R.I. Red with Leghorn blood introduced.

    Red Sex-link-
    Red-sex-link's can be color sexed at birth.

    Red Cross-
    Red Crosses is any cross using a R.I. Red in the breeding.

    Last edited: Jan 12, 2010

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