Picked up our new chicks this morning from The Tractor Supply store in Port Orchard, Washington.
These are beautiful chicks but as I'd never heard of this breed (or hybrid), I asked one of the workers in the store. He told me they were hybrids bred by The Tractor Supply and said their egg production was to rival that of a sexlink, but that's all he could say. His answers almost sounded scripted, so I took to the web once I got home to see what I could find out.
What I found was surprisingly little. It appears as of they are likely not proprietary to The Tractor Supply alone, but possibly produced elsewhere and sold to a number of brands/outlets. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. The light-colored chicks appear to be a cross between a Rhode Island Red male and a White Leghorn female. When the pullets mature, their head and oftentimes breast and wing tips are tinted red to orange - hence the "tint" in the name. Some of the chicks I got are brown, with lighter highlights. I'm wondering if these are the reverse - White leghorn males bred with Rhode Island Red females. I'm only guessing here - feel free to comment with any corrections or additional information.
The pullets are reported to lay early and often, and produce large cream-colored eggs. I'm looking forward to see what kind of production I get. For now, this will be an interesting experiment. I will update this site often with more information as the girls mature.
Hope I have a lot of egg customers at work this coming season ... I'm going to have lots of big, cream-colored eggs!
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