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Rhode Island Reds vs. Buff Orpingtons

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by DrakeMaiden, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    I don't know if anyone has asked this before, but if you had to choose one of these breeds, which would you go with for a dual purpose, part time free-ranging flock?

    Let's try to have a civil discussion! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. Black Feather

    Black Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2007
    Goodness, why choose...get both!

    I am a bit partial to the RIR's though and think they may be a bit better layers while the Orps would be better meat birds.

    Urban Coyote
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I've raised both and like them the same!! Mine were both good laying breeds.
  4. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    Thanks Urban Coyote! We are thinking about getting both, but I just wanted to hear what was better about each breed. You answered my question and affirmed that we should try both anyway. [​IMG]
  5. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    Thank you for your response Tuffoldhen. [​IMG] I suspect we will like them both about the same too.

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008
    Both were developed as a dual-purpose breed and should serve you well as a backyard flock. Personally I prefer the Reds but not for any objective reason, I just like them better.
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
  8. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I say orps, just because I've never met a RIR rooster I liked, and I love roos. Of course they were all hatchery RIR so maybe good breeder stock would have a better personality. [​IMG]
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    But dont forget Miss Prissy for her Orps!
  10. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I much prefer the orps for there temperment, size and all out good looks [​IMG]

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