RIR?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by hmkeea, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. hmkeea

    hmkeea Out Of The Brooder

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    I was told this chick, who is about 5 & 1/2 weeks old, is a Rhode Island Red. After reading alot of the threads and breed questions on here about people who think they have a RIR but actually have a Production Red, Im starting to wonder about this one.

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  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    I don't think it's a production red. It looks like an RIR.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like a Production Red to me.
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Production Red. You'll almost never find a true Rhode Island Red unless you get one from a breeder.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Agreed. The is little or no difference between "hatchery quality" Rhode Island Reds and Production Reds. Both hatchery quality RIRs and PRs lack the deep body, dark mahogany coloring and profuse black tail feathers of APA pure Rhode Island Reds.
     
  6. hmkeea

    hmkeea Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Why and how do the farm stores have signs on individual bins of chicks saying that they are Rhode Island Red, or Araucana, or various others if they are not? I also got chicks out of a bin labeled Araucana, come to find out they are NOT, they are easter eggers. Which is fine, I am happy with all of the chicks I have, but it is very misleading to those just starting out with raising chickens. I thought about calling the store, but decided against it, I will be more informed next time around!
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    The feed stores are simply resellers from the hatchery in most cases. Feed store employees simply label the bins as they're instructed. The hatchery labeling chicks has been an ongoing issue. However, most folks buying chicks at a feed store aren't too picky what there going to get, and don't expect high quality birds, just nice backyard layers. That's what hatcheries churn out by the thousands.
     
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  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Agreed on both counts.
     

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