Rhode Island Reds and production reds, how to tell the difference?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by amartinlb, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. amartinlb

    amartinlb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't find any pictures of Production Reds, particularly chicks and hens, on google and was wondering what the difference between Rhode Island Reds and Production Reds is. I'm fairly certain the two I have are RIRs since we bought them as that but I was just wondering.

    Thanks,
    -Anna
     
  2. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
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    Production reds are a RIR bred for HIGH egg production and not to the RIR standard. A lot of the light red or orange red RIRs you see here are hatchery quality RIRs OR productions reds.

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    True RIRs are very dark mahogany and are kind of shaped like a brick.

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    I hope this helps
     
  3. amartinlb

    amartinlb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are these true Rhode Island Reds, or Production Reds? I bought these as Rhode Island Red pullets and they are both about 4 or 5 weeks old now...I'm thinking more towards 4 weeks.

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    This one seems to be a bit slower in getting feathers. The one above looked exactly like this one last week, so I think this one too will get the darker red feathers over the next week...:
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    Thanks,
    -Anna
     
  4. amartinlb

    amartinlb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, and the first one I posted is getting darker feathers on her tail now. You can't really tell from the pic, and she really looks a bit darker red/brown-red in real life...
     
  5. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    Where did they come from? I personally would call them production reds over RIRs but really they are the same thing, just different quality. They sure are cute.
     
  6. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    I thought Production Reds were a cross between a RIR and NHR?
     
  7. amartinlb

    amartinlb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We got them at a local feed store, but they said they bought them as RIRs and that they were supposed to get Prod. Reds in a few weeks (we asked them what other varieties they were getting soon) and I believe they originally came from Ideal Poultry since the box they gave us to pack them in and bring home was a box day old chicks get mailed in and it was return addressed from Ideal Poultry.

    I guess I can call tomorrow while they still have their records and make sure, or give Ideal Poultry themselves a call and see if they shipped RIRs there or Prod. Reds there.

    Is there any way to tell when they are older, or is it really best guess when it comes to looking at their feather colors and body shape if they are true RIRs?

    Thanks,
    -Anna
     
  8. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    I have just been reading around on the web and what I gather is that a production red and a RIR are one in the same. A production red is a RIR that does not conform to the standard per say. I guess production red is just a nice way of saying a poor quality RIR (as in appearance not health). Ideal has both listed on their website so I would be curious to see if others have ordered both and have pics that we could compare?
     
  9. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    Quote:I haven't found any evidence of that but it could be possible. I did not research very hard.
     
  10. Princessferf

    Princessferf Out Of The Brooder

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    I have Production Reds and their feathers are nearly as dark as the RIR example.

    I'm sure they can vary quite a bit!
     

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