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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by blue fire, Jul 12, 2007.
Are Rhode Island Reds supossed to have black on ther tail and wing feathers?
Yes, they are. Here's my breeder quality RIR pullet to show you:
Wow, looks like one of my girls is not a RSL but is a Rhode Island Red. she looks exactly like that but older (5 months). She's laying a nice brown egg everyday. I guess the feed store must have had her in the wrong bin. She has a little bit of black on her wings and tail.
The one in the back of the pic is a RIR/Buff Orp cross pullet. I like the purebreds in general better myself than the sexlinks, just their looks, so I dont have any RSL or BSL. I do have some crosses, obviously, though. I love the look of a really dark, pure RIR, but I must admit, my RIR/Buff Orp cross is much friendlier, owing to her Buff Orp mother, no doubt. They have the same father, those two.
True RIRs are dark red . Alot of the ones you get from feed stores are Production Reds. I believe they only differance is that Production Reds are lighter in color.
They are certainly supposed to be dark red. I know Ideal was selling Rhode Island Reds and Production Reds and I saw both at the feedstore here. The Pro Reds are a light color, the RIR's slightly darker. I have three of their RIR's, all lighter than my Scarlett, who came from a breeder with a beautiful mahogany RIR rooster.
The one I thought was a RSL but looks like a RIR is a dark red with a curled black fathered tail. She is freindly and follows me everywhere. I don't have any pictures to post but will try soon.
Here is a better picture of my dark RIR, Scarlett. She is a very tall girl. The other redhead is her half-sister, Meg, who has a Buff Orpington mother. Scarlett is what the RIR's are supposed to look like, but rarely do anymore. My hatchery RIRs look very much like Meg, who isn't even a purebred, although I love her and she lays huge eggs.
My RIRs are the lighter color ones. I got them from a feed store and they give me nice eggs and beautiful babies so all in all I am happy with them. To tell you the truth I really did not know that they got that dark as I have always seen the lighter ones. Now looking at the dark colored ones I really would like some because their color is beautiful.