What is the main difference between a NHR and RIR?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by DangerChickenHouse, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering.
     
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    New Hamps are a lighter shade of red, sort of a golden, coppery colored and they usually have a larger boned and meatier frame than do RIRs. Both are great layers of brown eggs and both are hardy to the max.
     
  3. DangerChickenHouse

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    Thanks!
     
  4. aubreynoramarie

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    Quote:[​IMG] New hampshires are very distinguishable from RIRs if you were to put two of them together. NHs ae much much lighter in color while RIRs are a deep mahagony
     
  5. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good question, it's an interesting topic [​IMG]

    There is a difference in coloration, as the New Hampshire is lighter in color than then Rhode Island Red.

    Interestingly enough, the New Hampshire was developed out of Rhode Island stock. These birds were selected for early maturation, vigorous growth, and good meat development. Because of this, modern RIRs are considered more of a laying bird, while NHs are more dual purpose (meat and eggs).

    So they are related, but very different.
     
  6. Kaelinstorm

    Kaelinstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The one on the right is my NH when she was still very young (a few months old) and not filled out completely but this is to show color difference. See shes more of an orange blonde than the RIR (3years old) on the bottom.

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    I dont have any updated pictures of my Hampies sorry but they are now about 8 months old. Still getting their hen chub [​IMG]
     
  7. Chris09

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    Quote:I have never herd anyone consider the R.I. Red a "laying bird" and the New Hampshire more of a dual purpose than a R.i. Red. Maybe they were trying to compare the New Hampshire with a Production Red.

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  8. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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  9. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have never herd anyone consider the R.I. Red a "laying bird" and the New Hampshire more of a dual purpose than a R.i. Red. Maybe they were trying to compare the New Hampshire with a Production Red.

    Chris

    Nope, they sure weren't comparing those two [​IMG] Yours are heritage RIRs and HR, which you are correct, are both dual purpose. But most people are going to run into hatchery versions of these birds, which are divided in the manner that I pointed out.

    Thanks, I always enjoy referring to myself in the third person, and rarely am given an opportunity [​IMG]
     
  10. Chris09

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    Quote:I have never herd anyone consider the R.I. Red a "laying bird" and the New Hampshire more of a dual purpose than a R.i. Red. Maybe they were trying to compare the New Hampshire with a Production Red.

    Chris

    Nope, they sure weren't comparing those two [​IMG] Yours are heritage RIRs and HR, which you are correct, are both dual purpose. But most people are going to run into hatchery versions of these birds, which are divided in the manner that I pointed out.

    Thanks, I always enjoy referring to myself in the third person, and rarely am given an opportunity [​IMG]

    If were comparing "Hatchery" stock then neither breed is a true "dual purpose" breed just because neither one get very much meat on them when and both are bred for egg production.

    Yours are heritage RIRs and HR

    Heritage to me is just a fancy label that people put on a breed to charge more money, What I have are Standard Bread Reds (R.I. Red) also there is no such breed as a NHR or New Hampshire Red the breed name is a New Hampshire.

    Chris​
     

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