Question about RIRs ???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by waterguy81, May 5, 2011.

  1. waterguy81

    waterguy81 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have seen many posts about "Production Birds" and Natural birds or Strands.

    One of the many reasons I got RIRs is because they are a dual purpose bird. (eggs, meat, & show)

    I was told that the production strand or type RIR is made for better laying and not as big (for meat).

    Is this true, and how do I tell the difference ?

    Who supplies the Natural type (dual purpose RIRs)

    I got a straight run from my local feed store. So, I don't really know which mine are.

    Hope you can help me with understanding this better.

    Thanks
     
  2. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
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    I was told that the production strand or type RIR is made for better laying and not as big (for meat).

    correct.
    Is this true, and how do I tell the difference ?

    Above
    Who supplies the Natural type (dual purpose RIRs)

    True breeders with quality stock.
    I got a straight run from my local feed store. So, I don't really know which mine are.

    Production type, because you got them from a feed store.
    One of the many reasons I got RIRs is because they are a dual purpose bird. (eggs, meat, & show)

    Then you want to get them from a good breeder, not hatchery. Pine grove, Chris09, Bob Blosl (he knows where to get them) and others have nice, true RIR.

    Mitch [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2011
  3. Timmy

    Timmy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so the birds you got from the feed store more than likely came from a hatchery witch would make them production type birds. Production birds are not necessarily pure RIR and more than likely are cross bred to make a better layer. Like you said they are great for laying and not as big. That doesn't mean you can't use them as dual purpose . They will probably mature faster than heritage type reds so they may make a better dual purpose breed for you. As far as showing goes production birds are not show birds. If you want show birds you will need to get true RIRs. Here's a link to the heritage RIR thread. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=407294
     

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