RIR Roo + BO Hen = ?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by crealbilly, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone have any info or pics of a RIR Roo BO Hen mix? Ive read they will make a Red Orpington?
     
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  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    You'll get a mixed breed, likely somewhere in color between RIR and BO, probably with a bit of black leakage in the tail.
     
  3. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Several of my BO's have black leakage on their tails now and they are suposed to be BOs. I bought 20 of them from rual king as day old BO chicks.
     
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  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop


    Not surprising. Most hatcheries are so lazy they can't be bothered to breed out black leakage.
     
  5. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :( im sitting here wondering if i really bought BO's then or some hybrid?
     
  6. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop


    They're hatchery quality BOs. The way hatcheries work these days is lazily; mostly they just breed what they have without regard to any feature besides egg production. However, many hatcheries do outcross their stock to other breeds on a regular basis. I've seen some hatcheries selling straight up mutts. No hatchery sells birds which could be considered real examples of the breed any more. Whenever buying from a hatchery, assume they've done outcrossing in AT LEAST the past three generations. If you want the "real deal", go to a breeder who breeds to the standard.

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    Hatchery Silkie vs. Breeder Silkie


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    Hatchery Plymouth Rock vs. Breeder Plymouth Rock

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    Hatchery "Rhode Island Red" vs. Breeder Rhode Island Red

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  7. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop


    Yup, hatchery BOs. They'll be excellent egg producers and probably pretty friendly but they'll never attain the weight or "fluff" of a true Orpington.
     

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