Rhode Island Red

The Rhode Island Red is the official state bird of Rhode Island. These birds as classified as dual purpose, meaning for meat and as excellent layers. They are cold hardy, heat tolerant,  do well in confinement, and generally easy going. The Rhode Island Red is a brown egg layer, produces sizable eggs, and their rate of lay is 5 per week. I consider these birds a good choice for the small flock owner, although keep in mind the roosters can have aggressive tenancies.

No other heavy breed lays more eggs than the Rhode Island Reds. The baby chicks are a rusty red color, and the mature birds are a variety of mahogany red.

Developed in the New England states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Red were originally bred in Adamsville, a village which is part of Little Compton, Rhode Island. One of the foundation sires of the breed was a black-breasted red Malay cock which was imported from England.

Class: Production
Male weight: 8.5 lbs.
Female: 6.5 lbs.
Comb Type: Single
Egg Color:  Brown
Conservation status:  Recovering

amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch


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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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3 Responses to Rhode Island Red

  1. I’m finding these chicken breeds fascinating! Also liking the changes you are making to your site.

  2. I had a Rhode Island Red as a pet when I was 11. Just one of many interesting pets I had as a child in Texas.

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