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Red Sex Link or Rhode Island Red?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by sierranomad, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. sierranomad

    sierranomad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]I just got some chicks at TSC. I asked for RIR. But with all that I am hearing about how rare it is to get RIR I'm wondering whether they are RSL.

    I searched for images of RIR and RSL pullets and was able to find only RIR. Mine look the same as the RIR I found, EXCEPT mine have black and white wing feathers and this wasn't apparent on the images I saw. One of mine has a dark stripe down its back.

    Can anyone tell me what I have? I did a lot of research to come up with wanting RIR and it would be a bit dissappointing to find out that that's not what I got...but oh well.
     
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    At this age and with this photo it's going to be hard to answer this - however, rather than RSL, it is more likely you would get Production Red being sold as "RIR". If you can get a photo in natural lighting (ie not colored by a red heat light if one is in use - just unplug for a few minutes to snap the photo) it will be easier to see your little ones. You may also want to pick one up to capture the wing feathering you are concerned about.
     
  3. SimplyLogan

    SimplyLogan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I came across the same thing. After mine had grown I had a very hard time telling the difference between my RIR and production reds. After a little research I found that hatcheries often cross their RIR with production reds (red six links types ) to improve on egg production :-/. If I was a betting person you have a mix of the two . My RIR grew up slightly larger and I had to really look to tell who was who . I have been looking for some true RIR .
     
  4. sierranomad

    sierranomad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    O.K. I will try to get to that this morning...after I roast some coffe and have breakfast. Thank you.
     
  5. SimplyLogan

    SimplyLogan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had accidently came across it reading hatchery descriptions of their birds. Murray calls their "production" strain (hint hint) and one hatchery refers to those as industrial RIR (cackle hatchery claims to sell the heritage, pure RIR). Some hatcheries never mention there being a difference, however may say not 4-H quality but bread for production. There was one hatchery that actually said they were crossed in their description, but I cant find it right now.
     
  6. sierranomad

    sierranomad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here it is closer up, and with more natural lighting.

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    So what's the concensus..Rhode Island Red, Production Red or Red Sex Link, or?

    Thank you
     
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  7. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    There not Rhode Island Reds. There way to light in color.
    The chances are very good that you will never get real, pure Rhode Island Reds for a hatchery or Farm Store (TSC).

    If you want Rhode Island Reds you have to go with a good breeder.
     
  8. Renee572

    Renee572 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think it's a Rhode Island Red. It may be a production red. I thought I got a rir from our local feed store but when she grew she was definitely a New Hampshire. I got another 10 weeks ago and she is definitely a rir, you can tell the difference as they feather out. I'll try to post pics.
     
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  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    They look like Production Reds to me. Not pure Rhode Island Reds, as true Rhode Island Reds are a dark mahogany color. Most hatcheries or feed stores sell "Rhode Island Reds" that are really Production Reds. I don't think that they are Red Sex-Links, since Sex-Links usually have more white in the feathers. My Production Red (sold by McMurray Hatchery as a Rhode Island Red) looked very similar to these birds as a chick.

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  10. Renee572

    Renee572 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] My New Hampshire as a chick. [​IMG] Same chicken here!

    [​IMG] And here is my 12 week old Rhode Island Red.... I can't find a picture of her as a chick but I'm pretty sure she was much darker as a chick than my New Hampshire.

    Hope that helps... you will definitely be able to tell better as she feathers out.
     

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