The Heritage Rhode Island Red Site

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by Robert Blosl, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Good news. We put some traps out yesterday and this morning we caught the owl and the fox. We lost 11 birds to them the past 3 weeks. I have some very nice looking chicks from them. One that got killed I got RB and RV at the last show.
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2013
  2. melroseladi

    melroseladi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    Melrose, Florida
    Glad to hear you caught them. We have had an awful time with fox this year and haven't been able to trap any of them. We have managed to cut way back on the coon and opossum population though. But those dang fox aren't hitting any of our traps even with live bait in them. I lost most of my juvie guineas last year to a opossum who managed to pull up an opening in the chainlink pen. Got him 2 nights later. My birds free range and that seems to be when the fox get them.

    I am so afraid to put my Reds out in pens or let them free range. I have my 20 week old Reds doing a little bit of free ranging while I am out trying to build a new coop but I have been keeping the dog outside during those times to keep the fox away.

    I will say this though, my Reds sure are hard to see when they are in the woods. They blend in with all the shadows of the trees and underbrush really well.

  3. bayocum

    bayocum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2012
    Central California
    Very nice [​IMG]!!!
  4. NestingHillsSC

    NestingHillsSC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2012
    I so can't wait to breed them. And hatch some!! hahaha Long way away. [​IMG]
  5. immyjay54

    immyjay54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2011
    You better watch sitting her that close to your keyboard. lol Your shift key is awful close ha,ha. Nice little chick.
  6. NestingHillsSC

    NestingHillsSC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2012
    [​IMG] That's ok.[​IMG]
  7. immyjay54

    immyjay54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2011
    Hi noahsmom,
    Don't know if this question was open to all or just one but I'll give my 2 cents worth.
    My reason for going with the HRIR's is this: Since childhood (a long time ago lol) there were always barred rock, buff orpingtons and rir's roaming our fields and yard. Of course these were hatchery birds from the beginning then dad just let them all run together. Usually on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning mom would go out with our little dog and tell him which one to catch and he would catch the one she wanted for Sunday dinner. Usually was a couple of the big ole rir's and she would have fried chicken with home made noodles etc for our Sunday meal. mmmmmm That was back in the early 50's. lol
    I always had the rir because they seemed to lay such nice eggs and I sold enough to friends and family to pay for the feed. It seemed that the reds were always a healthy bird and pretty much took care of themselves. Then a few years ago when I saw what the HRIR's looked like I thought, gee, those are so much prettier then what I was used to so I started on the trusty internet and found some breeders and the rest is history. I love the disposition of most of the old lines. Our old reds (the roosters) were always like watch dogs. They sure did keep strangers away. lol But these ole lines are just the opposite. I have not found a cross one yet. They are all like pets.
    If you are wanting egg production, then you have to ask lots of questions or just experiment with different lines. Some lay better then others. Some lean more to the show bird and some more to utility birds. That is up to what your preference is. Some can go both ways. Myself, I still sell eggs to friends relatives for eating so mine have to lay a little better. I don't want to feed chickens and still go to the local market to buy eating eggs. lol
    I'm sure not cutting on anyone, just giving my reasoning on what I have. Got to love these Rhode Island Reds.
  8. Robert Blosl

    Robert Blosl Rest in Peace -2013

    Mar 1, 2010
    Silverhill, Alabama
    THis is one of the the top four shows in the mid west and east so lots to see and choose from.

    I have a friend that I have studied and this is what he did about 20 years ago. He put two White Plymouth Rock pullets in the back seat of his car in a nice show coop and a friend of his and now mine went from North Louisiana to Birmingham Alabama to the huge Bantam show there. There where some of the finest Old English Game Bantams in the world at this show not alone other great breeds of bantams about 1500 birds. He got Grand Champion of the show on one of those pullets.

    The next year he took the same two hens and my friend and got Grand Champion of the show on the other female.

    Some times he only takes four or six chickens. but they are the best conditioned birds he has.

    Take two or three reds and or silkies your best. Put them in the show coops. See what happens.

    You will learn so much every time and then look at watch others not your breeds but other breeds . Watch what they do.

    I remember one time when I lived in Wisconsin I went to a show and Carl Fonsbrink from Indiana a master Barred Rock Breeder was sitting at a table and his Barred Rock Ckl was up on champion row. there where others up there of other classes. Just before they got the last bantam up there on champion row and all the three judges got up there to look at the birds to pick the big champions he jumps up with a big bucket of fresh shaving. His large fowl was the only one that had shavings left in his coop. All the other large fowl birds had scratched out all their shavings and was bare floor.

    Carl Got not only Champion American but Champion large fowl of the show and I think Reserve Champion of the whole show .

    Just watching these masters you can learn a lot.

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008
    Trapping that Owl puts you in violation of Federal Law. Carries a stiff fine & possible prison time. Keep bragging about it.
  10. stefanfarms

    stefanfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2012
    windsor CT
    Don't think that was intended as a brag, but nice to know about that federal law just in case. guess there are quite a few laws concerning wildlife after reading up some on the subject.
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