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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mike73, Feb 5, 2009.
What is the dif between a RIR and a Production? Which is better around small children?
Production RIR are usually the hatchery chicks, bred for egg production and not show standards, Heritage RIR's are bred to meet a spceific show standard and not egg production. You won't want rooster's of either type for your children and hens of either type can be very sweet and personable. I personally have never met a RIR of either type that I didn't like.
None of my RIR bantam roosters are mean. Now, the d'Anver roosters... that's another story. Not all roosters are mean. Take a chance on the breed you like. If no one chases and teases the roosters than they may not be agressive.
I have two Heritage RIR roosters that are very gentle. They will both eat out of my hand and let me touch them. They are 21 weeks old now.
My RI Reds are very gentle..
I have done some research into this, and I will answer to the best of my knowlege.
The Production Red is basically the decendent of RIR crossed with Leghorns to produce a leaner bird that lays more eggs. Although you can use them as duel purpose they are not the best choice as they don't have a lot of meat on them.
The true RIR (aka heritage) are excelent duel purpose birds that lay a good amount of eggs and have a good amount of meat on them. They are a deeper color and are bigger then the Production Red.
I can't tell you which is better with small children as I have not owned either and from what I have read, there is no temperament difference between them.