RIR"s What " Should they look like ! ''

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Cold Canadian, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. Cold Canadian

    Cold Canadian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a "" newer '' batch of supposed RIR 's and I'm just not convinced that they are what I though that I bought [​IMG]!.We used to have them on the Farm when I was younger and I recall them to be a larger breed as well as being broody .When I was younger they were the most common breed that any farm had ............Cornish giants were not around yet ( for the farmer that is ) or a meat bird so the RIR's were a multi purpose bird .The hens were quite large and fairly round ? and were broody ! Now what I have are a hatchery bird that lay's very well , but are small and not in any way broody at all .Is there a specific characteristic trait that one should look for in this breed ? They are my egg layers and supply me with money to feed the heritage breeds that I have as well as selling some stock from hatched eggs . The roosters are extremely aggressive [​IMG] and seem to have only one thing in there mind !! Are there any "" TRUE '' RIR breeders around that have the old characteristic's still in the breed [​IMG]??
     
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    gootziecat Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Cold Canadian

    Cold Canadian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply's , I realize that what I have is a production line red and not what I was lead to believe was a pure RIR.I remember challenging the seller about the color of the chicks when I bought them because they were more yellow then red , which is what I remember the chick color to be , but was told that the color of the chick had no part in what the full grown bird would be colored ? I thought that this was rather odd and have suspected that they were selling hatchery production chicks ( good layers ! , but not what I wanted !! ) Does anyone have pictures of the chicks ? curious if they are red as I suspect , or darker .Also where is a good start for finding "" PURE '' stock in hatching eggs ?? any recommendations [​IMG] ???
     

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