rir or hatchery chicks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bonelesswhitemeat, May 25, 2011.

  1. bonelesswhitemeat

    bonelesswhitemeat Out Of The Brooder

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    ok so if i bought rhode island reds from Dels, they are hatchery chicks or "production reds" right?
    now if i hatch the eggs do i still have hatchery chicks?
    im just getting confused about this..
    or would i have to get several gens in ?
    well thanks.......
     
  2. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    If you buy your chicks at a feed store, you're probably getting birds that came from a hatchery. Chances are, they may not meet the RIR breed standard, unlike chicks purchased direct from a breeder. If you breed the hatchery birds, without introducing breed standard blood, you'll generally end up with hatchery quality birds, no matter how many generations out you go. It's all about the quality of the parent birds.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    It is unlikely that even if you bred for generations, selecting the very best examples of each generation for breeding, and while you'd end up with some very nice birds, but still birds that fail the standards and wouldn't win shows against birds that are exceptionally well shaped, and have the feathering that is indicative of the true, heritage RIR.

    You'd be better off using really good thoroughbred stock if you want to breed a Kentucky Derby champion. Hope that helps. If you want truly awesome RIR, you'll have to start right off procuring great breeding stock, at a price that will be far above what one pays a hatchery for more generic stock.
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    You can breed them for years and most likely never get the Dark Red color, Brick Shape, Length and Width of Back or Length of Keel Bone among other thing that you need for a good Rhode Island Red.

    Here are some of my Reds out of breeder stock (non-hatchery)
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    Typical Hatchery quality Rhode Island Red (not my Birds)
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    Chris
     

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