Rhode island red questions

pinkfeather

Songster
12 Years
Dec 3, 2007
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Hey eveyone!

I'm hatching some rc rir (rosecomb rhode island red) bantam eggs that I was given and I have a few questions about the breed. I heard that the rir roosters are mean, but are the bantam rir roosters the same? Also, how big are the bantam Rhode Island reds? Anywhere around the size of rock bantams? And how are the personalities of the hens (sweet, docile, flighty, etc.)?

Thanks!
 

BamaChicken

Orpingtons Bama Style
12 Years
Nov 14, 2007
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I don't know the personalities of Bantams but i have seen the at shows and they are as large as BR bantams. The RIR's I have are very nice standards and so far I have never had a meanie in Roos. All have been very good roosters. Hope yours turn out nice.
 

chicktasticvt

Songster
11 Years
Mar 17, 2008
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Bennington, VT
It may be a fluke, but a friend of mine has RIR and hers are nasty little buggers, her roo tore up her 3mo puppy. But i also know of people that have very docile ones too. I think it depends on the individal bird.
 

chickenboy

In the Brooder
12 Years
Mar 12, 2007
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Woolwich,ME
I have had standard sized rir, and the hens will let you pick them right up. But standard rir roos are vicious. I have a friend who has bantam rosecombed rir and the hens and roos are nice.
 

jamesrm

Featherbrained, at best!
11 Years
Mar 26, 2008
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White House, TN
The first batch of chicks I had were RIR, Out of around 10 roo's, only 2 had to be culled due to being mean.
 

NYREDS

Crowing
12 Years
Jan 14, 2008
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I raise about 300 Reds Bantams a year & just like any other breed some males are aggressive, some are docile & others are somewhere in between.
 

kelly

Songster
12 Years
Aug 15, 2007
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I have 1 RIR Roo and 4 hens, they are all sweet. Two of the hens will grab me by the pants leg but I believe its because they want attention. The Roo has never been mean.

Kelly
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5 RIR's and 2 mutts
 

pinkfeather

Songster
12 Years
Dec 3, 2007
553
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CT
Hey,

Thanks for the answers everyone! Rir's sure do seem sweet enough. I guess I'll just be waiting for my eggs to hatch now (if I don't kill them all first!). I've got a lot of hatchings going on! 1 on the 4th (3 seramas under a broody), 1 on the 12th (5 oeg bantams under a broody), and 1 on the 13th (3 oeg bantams and 11 rc rir bantams in the bator)!
Oh, and I have a few chickens that love to peck at my pants (and take some skin with it!). I don't know why they do that.
 

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