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*updated photo*RIR or Buckeye or something else

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by popcornpuppy, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. popcornpuppy

    popcornpuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2009
    Holland, Massachusetts
    I ordered 12 RIR pullets from Ideal in June. I got all pullets, no complaint there, but I don't think they are RIR's. 9 of the girls have gray saddle feathers, and the others are red through out. I am not looking for show quality birds, I just want to make sure I got what I ordered. Do these look like Buckeyes instead of Reds?
    this is a red. The color is consistant throughout.

    this is one of the girls in question with the gray saddle feathers

    The color of the Buckeye is darker than that of the original Rhode Island Red (later, the Rhode Island Red was bred for a shade of color even darker than the Buckeye). The Buckeye also has a slate colored bar in the undercolor (fluff) of its back; the Rhode Island Red’s feathers should be red to the skin. Both breeds share the trait of tight feathering – unique in the American Class of poultry.

    This quote is why I think they are Buckeyes.​
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2009
  2. popcornpuppy

    popcornpuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2009
    Holland, Massachusetts
    I forgot to ask...is it common for certain breeds of chickens to get mixed up by hatcheries? Especially if they are very similar in appearance?
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2009
  3. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas
    IDK about the breed thing, but if they're Buckeyes like mine - they are hilarious birds overflowing with personality. I like my Buckeyes more than I thought I would. If they are, you will really enjoy them - feisty, but fun. I am waiting (im)patiently for eggs. They have a pretty brown egg.
    I hope someone can answer your question for you. Either way, they are pretty birds you've got there.
  4. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    I'd go for a full body picture, from what i've seen they have a big difference in appearance and from a hatchery you couldn't go off feathers.. Just my opinion.

    ETA: You ordered Rhode island reds so that is probably.. Sort of.. What you got, you mention they have gray feathers, in the first picture it looks like some white.. Hatcheries sell Production reds. Which are generally Rhode island crosses (crossed with new hampshire, and sometimes with a little leghorn in the bunch)... Im not sure what the under color of a new hampshire is though.. But like i said, coming from a hatchery you can't go off that.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2009
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    What kind of combs do they have? Buckeyes should have pea combs...RIR either straight or rose.
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    I would say that the ones with the Gray/ Slate undercolor are Buckeyes.
    The standard calls for the undercolor of the Buckeye to be: Red, except for back which should show a bar of slate. The Buckeye should have a Pea Comb (like a Bramha or a Easter Egger)
    The bird with the Red/ buff undercolor could be a hatchery Rhode Island Red or a production red.
  7. popcornpuppy

    popcornpuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2009
    Holland, Massachusetts
    Here is a full view.
    The girls all have single combs. I know that Buckeyes usually have pea combs but it is not unheard of for them to have a single comb sometimes. I am thinking they are a mix or hybrid with buckeyes.
  8. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    Dutchess County NY
    She looks just like my RIR girls when they were about 10 weeks old. Mine came from Murray McMurray. After reading this I will have to check the feathers out on mine tomorrow. But they do look exactly like my RIR.
  9. ve

    ve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Palmetto GA
    Your birds are Production RIR.They can vary in tipe and feathers.They are smoler but very good lears.
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I agree with ve...with the straight combs and varied colorings I think you've got production RIRs.

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