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What breeds of chickens are red?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by herbmom, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. herbmom

    herbmom Out Of The Brooder

    May 15, 2011
    We were told the chicks we bought at IFA were Road Island reds. Now that they are about 12 weeks old the one that was the runt isn't looking as dark as the other red one. We are trying to figure out what breeds they may be. They both have yellow feet. The darker red seems to have red by her ears. Not sure on the other one.

    I'll try and take pictures. Just very curious if they are the same breed or not.

    Thank you for any suggestions. Also these were sold in Utah if that helps.
  2. akcountrygrrl

    akcountrygrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2010
    Nenana, AK
    Rhode Island reds, New Hampshires, Production reds, red sex links are a few that I can think of off the top of my head.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I'm imagining that you either got Red Stars or Production Reds. Red stars come in a number of different combinations... The Cinnamon Queen is my favorite... great layer and then a great stewing hen after.
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Photos would help a lot.

    Lots of chicks are sold as RIR. The label is used rather loosely, which is a bit unfortunate for the breeders of true, mahogany Reds.
    Here's one of the pullets I have and though they aren't too bad, they are not up to the breed standard.

    Last edited: Aug 2, 2011
  5. confusedturtle

    confusedturtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2011
    Do they look anything like these?
    Mine are red sex links, one has alot more of the reddish coloring than the other but they are the same breed as far as I know. The man who sold them to me told me they were RIR and he also sold me a PR which turned out to be a red sex link rooster LoL! Sex link are supposed to be great layers and so far they are my nicest birds, although I only have 5 sex links and one BO/wyandotte mix to compare, I guess Im a little biased [​IMG]
  6. ZooKeeperInTheMaking

    ZooKeeperInTheMaking Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2011
    confusedturtle, what breed are the two brown hens in your picture? sorry for hijacking the thread [​IMG]
  7. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
    the "gold ones" in the above post, are Red Sex Link, I have 2, Gold Comets...they are also called Cinnamon Queens, or several other names...


    (my RIR pullet)
  8. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Depends on your view of "red" - But usually a "red" chicken is a Red/Golden Sexlink or a Production Red. (hatchery Rhode Island Red)

    Sexlinks will have white on their necks and tails.

    Production Reds will have black on their tails, sometimes wingtips, sometimes necks.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2011
  9. confusedturtle

    confusedturtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2011
    Mine are red sex link pullets, they are about 12-13 weeks old. Sorry it took so long to get back to you, its decent weather so Im doing lawnwork
  10. Novaleigh

    Novaleigh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2012
    Queen Creek, AZ
    Anyone know what breed Veldfire is? She is such a sweet hen, but I have no clue on what she is.

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