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What breed is this Roo? PR or RIR? Neither?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by blessedchickenmama7, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. blessedchickenmama7

    blessedchickenmama7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got him from the Tractor Supply Assorted Reds. He may even be a mix... I am not sure if they do mixes or not. He's only seven months old, but we like him a lot. He's very quiet and is a good protector. The little roo behind him.. he's the mouthy one.[​IMG] The one I'm wondering about is the one on the right in both pics. Edit: His foot isn't always turned in that way. It's just how he was standing at the moment.

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  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Looks like a typical hatchery Rhode Isl Red rooster.
     
  3. blessedchickenmama7

    blessedchickenmama7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I wasn't sure. He was so lightly colored when he was younger and someone told me they thought PR so that's what I went with. But looking at pics, I can't tell the difference between the breeds. How do you tell RIR from PR, especially if they come from a hatchery and aren't as true to the standard?
     
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Wow he's so light!
    His legs look like my hens after they've been laying a while!

    I got my RIR cockerel from the TSC Reds bin too, but he's beautifully colored. Different hatcheries I guess.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    He is basically all one color, is why I say RIR rather than PR. His legs are very light, but that's hatchery stock for you sometimes.
     
  6. blessedchickenmama7

    blessedchickenmama7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you mean light in color or thickness? I thought they looked pretty thick compared to my hens... And hens' legs get lighter after they lay for a while?? (Can you tell I'm not very experienced...) He is light, but we think he's quite pretty, no matter what he is. I was just curious.
     
  7. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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    RIR cockerel
     
  8. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is a production rhode island red roo. This is what most of the hatcheries sell.

    I have them and just got a new roo, who is a heritage bred RIR and what a diffence in size and color. The new roo is bigger than my 2 year old production RIR and is only about 24 weeks old. His color is also much darker/deeper red and his body seams more solid.

    I am going to use him on my production RIR pullets to upgrade my stock.
     
  9. blessedchickenmama7

    blessedchickenmama7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Amber,

    Is production RIR a cross or is it a production RIR because it came from a hatchery? (Sorry for my ignorance.) What is heritage bred? (Again, sorry for my ignorance.) My chicks all came from TSC or the feed store so I am sure they are all hatchery babies. But I'd like to know for next spring.
     
  10. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:Yes I meant light in color.
    Yes, hen's legs fade their color pretty fast after they start laying.
     

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