Developed in America, they lay a large amount of rich medium brown eggs per year. They are often used to create sex-linked chickens where the roosters are different colors from the hens for easy sorting when they are chicks.
Their rich red color makes them a beautiful choice for a backyard chicken coop. They are hardy birds and easy to keep.
Rhode Island Red
This hen is a fine-looking specimen of its breed, one that dates back to the late 1800s. Exceptionally hardy, the Rhode Island Red lays large brown eggs.
Some chicken owners say RIRs have easygoing personalities; others say they are bossy. As with many breeds, it comes down to whether they are handled frequently when they are chicks and whether human interaction is encouraged with treats.
The RIR is the state bird of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Red Qualities
|Rhode Island Reds are an egg laying breed through and through. They can produce up to 220 eggs in a year on average. Since they are also hearty birds, they make for good meat chickens. Plus, as they're so popular around the world, they are prized in shows.|
Rhode Island Red Temperament
|Rhode Islands are aggressive birds with the roosters frequently fighting when confined to too small of a space. However, they tend to do very well with humans, coming running when it's time to be fed or even just to be held. It's quite normal for a Rhode Island Red to hop up onto your arm to roost.|
Rhode Island Red Appearance
|Rhode Island Reds have a rectangular shape to their bodies and well rounded breasts. Their tail, though, is pretty short compared to their body and is carried just slightly raised. They have red combs that are either rose shaped or just single combs. They have medium sized wattles and large ear-lobes, both red. Their eyes, also red, can be fairly large. Their most well known coloring is that of the red style, though they do come in white as well.|
Rhode Island Red Upkeep
|Rhode Island Reds need space to run around, otherwise they'll start bugging each other and get aggressive quickly. Given the space to roam they'll forage on their own, but while they are capable of flying they don't really have any inclination to pick up and fly off, so you needn't worry about a super high fence or a roofed-in chicken run.|
Rhode Island Red History
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