Rhode island red questions

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by pinkfeather, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. pinkfeather

    pinkfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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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!
     
  2. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

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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.
     
  3. equine chick

    equine chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a rir roo that I bought last year as a chick. He's as docile as could be. I think alot if their environment and how they are raised.
     
  4. chicktasticvt

    chicktasticvt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.[​IMG]
     
  5. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Other than my RIR rooster being named Randy, he's completely docile and good to the hens.
     
  6. chickenboy

    chickenboy Out Of The Brooder

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    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.
     
  7. jamesrm

    jamesrm Featherbrained, at best!

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    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.
     
  8. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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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.
     
  9. kelly

    kelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.

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  10. pinkfeather

    pinkfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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)![​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 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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