Will Rhode Island Reds be ok with others?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by reddog1970, May 31, 2011.

  1. reddog1970

    reddog1970 In the Brooder

    May 17, 2011
    Cape Cod
    Hi there,

    We have 2 3 week old Buff Orpington chicks and 2 2 week old Barred Rock chicks. We are planning on getting 2 Rhode Island Red chicks in another 3 weeks. By then, the Buff Orpingtons should be about ready to go out in the coop, but the Barred Rocks will probably still need a little longer in the brooder. My question is about the temperment of the Rhode Island Reds. I have heard mixed things from they are very aggressive and will go after the Orpingtons, to they are docile and will be fine. I will be able to put a divider in the brooder if necessary, but overall, should they be ok together?


  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    There are wide variations of temperments within all breeds. They will be younger than your other chickens. That in and of itself should put them on the bottom of the pecking order. I think they will work out fine for you.
  3. Zaxby's2

    Zaxby's2 Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    a place
    They should definitely be fine. [​IMG] We have a RIR rooster, two RIR hens, two buff orpingtons, and many others and they all get along great. The rooster is sweet and so are his hens. RIR hens are nice with the roosters only having a tendency to be mean. You shouldn't have any problems. Enjoy your chickens! And [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 31, 2011
  4. WhetzelMomma

    WhetzelMomma Songster

    Sep 8, 2009
    I have a RIR that lives with the rest of my chickens just fine. It's the age difference you'll have to keep an eye on.
  5. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Typically, unless you are speaking of Leghorns, breed doesn't matter so they should be fine.

    Wait until they are old enough to defend themselves, though. Roughly the same size as the others. Pecking order usually starts around 6 weeks of age. I have seen it a little younger in the brooder.
    Last edited: May 31, 2011

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