Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by siz8003, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. siz8003

    siz8003 Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    are they broody types?will they set ? I have one that took all the eggs and has benn there 2hrs and wont get off i tryed to move her and nothing will she stay?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Chances are you RIR is a production red and she has had the broodyness bred out of her. If she's only been there two hours that's normal. She's ofically broody if she doesn't go up and roost at night and sits for at least two days. There are always exceptions though. Keep an eye on her for a few days and if on day 3 she hasn't moved, you can give her eggs to hatch.
  3. siz8003

    siz8003 Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    ok thanks btw what is the diff between RIRs and the PRs? colors?
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Production red's are pretty much every "RIR" you get from a non breeder. They are a lighter brown. Real RIR's usually have to come from a breeder or from breeding lines and are a deep mahogany red. They also have black in their tails and are very blocky in body shape and head shape.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I've seen (and owned) Ideal's RIRs. They also have a Production Red that is even lighter in color and less attractive. My Ideal RIR girls have black in their tails and wings as they should, but their bodies are slimmer than a RIR should be and they are not as dark. Many of you saw my breeder RIR, Scarlett, now owned by rooster-red. She is drop dead gorgeous in her coloring, almost a black-red and she is also a taller bird.
    What I've seen and experienced is that the hatcheries occasionally, basically by accident, turn out a good example of the breed; the next batch is just as likely to be a terrible example of that same breed from the same hatchery. I have two Buff Orpingtons that are pretty nice for hatchery birds, but the ones the feedstore got in their next Ideal shipment were odd colored, even as chicks.
  6. Julie in Al

    Julie in Al Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    Dothan, Al
    First time ever for me, I had a RIR go broody and hatch one little Rir chick that I let her keep for about four weeks. She was a good mother. She was out of last years hatch. Gave her with 4 others to a friend yesterday as I have new ones coming off to lay and don't need the older ones.
  7. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    speckled hen, who did you get your RIR Scarlett from again, do they still have eggs???
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I got the hatching eggs from Julie in AL, a member here. Her rooster, Big Red, was a beaut, but I think he now lives with her mother and she has his son as her RIR breeder now. She may be able to sell you hatching eggs, if he's performing his roosterly duties yet. I sold Scarlett because I don't own a RIR roo and although I miss seeing Scarlett around here, at my place, she was just another egglayer. rooster-red will hatch chicks from her in the spring with his handsome RIR boy.
  9. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Want some true strain, clean RIR's?

    Visit Freds Fine Fowl on the internet.
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  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    He does have alot of nice birds and good information on his site. I loved to see Scarlett running around my place, but I'll love it more when I see chicks from her and rooster-red's nice dark rooster.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2007

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