RIR'S, SHOULD THEY LOOK LIKE THIS?????

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ginbart, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

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    My RIR hens don't have black in their tails, but my roo does, and looks just like yours.
     
  2. geareduplyn

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  3. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

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    Geareduplyn, they are beautiful. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    How do you get them to stand still so you can take a picture of them?
     
  4. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Songster

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    I have a tough time making them get out of the way.
    Gary
     
  5. mirecipes

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    The feed store sold me this guy and his brother in a batch of "ameracaunas"..
    From the looks I'm guessing he is Rhode island red?

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    Rambo (the rooster) is actually the sweet one these days..
    He will let me pick him up and doesn't sidle up to me like Red does..
    When he was little tho..He would attack anything shiny I put near him..He is missing 1 toenail..Thats how I can tell him and Red apart the best [​IMG]
     
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  6. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    yup,, RIR,, i have his 3 twins ,, lol and all 3 are sweeties,, cept the biggest, he pecks my sneaker to get attention lol
     
  7. claud

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    I've had production type RIRs for years and I think they are great birds. Great layers and they never went broody. I only have one ~9 yr old hen left and she still lays in the summer.
    I never had the "real" RIRs but I do hear that they tend to go broody - not sure about their laying ability but they sure don't lay when they're broody. Pretty though.
    If your looking for eggs - lots of eggs - the production type may be what you want.
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Though my breeder quality RIRs haven't started laying yet, Julie said they were some of her best layers. Certainly, different strains would be different. The hatchery RIRs are great layers, however, since one died of internal laying and another is probably going to go the same way (as have two of my hatchery SLWs), I'm sort of afraid to have those again, great layers though they are. I think the broody spells, in addition to the vacation they take during molt, probably prolongs their lives.
     
  9. jmc

    jmc Songster

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    Quote:Interesting point re. the 'vacation' and long life. That is why I will NOT provide winter lighting to trick my homely production rirs into laying in the dead of winter. I want them to get a break.

    Would be nice to hear, Cyn, how yours turn out to be as layers.


    ALSO, I forget your name, but you up above who have a hen who is +/- 9 years old. GOOD FOR YOU!! Glad to hear some keep birds for a relatively long time, and don't process them out after 1-3 years. May i ask how is this bird as a layer during the summer. 2ce a week? 4x a week? That would be good data to have--even though birds differ.......

    I must post a picture of what I got from the feed store this May, so I can get your thougts on just what you think they are. But that's for another post!
     
  10. claud

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    Quote:Interesting point re. the 'vacation' and long life. That is why I will NOT provide winter lighting to trick my homely production rirs into laying in the dead of winter. I want them to get a break.

    Would be nice to hear, Cyn, how yours turn out to be as layers.


    ALSO, I forget your name, but you up above who have a hen who is +/- 9 years old. GOOD FOR YOU!! Glad to hear some keep birds for a relatively long time, and don't process them out after 1-3 years. May i ask how is this bird as a layer during the summer. 2ce a week? 4x a week? That would be good data to have--even though birds differ.......

    I must post a picture of what I got from the feed store this May, so I can get your thougts on just what you think they are. But that's for another post!

    I could never process my old girl. Her laying season is much shorter than it used to be - starts laying late spring and maybe about a month ago she was done. For a few weeks at the height of her laying season I'd say I get 5 eggs a week or better then it's every 2 or 3 days. Her eggs are strange looking now though - small and a thinner shell but perfectly good to eat.
     

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