Why I am Writing This Article
After studying dozens of breeds of chickens, I have decided to get either Rhode Island Reds or New Hampshire Reds. This article will be about the pros and cons of both breeds. I know I want lots of good tasting brown or tan eggs, even in the winter here in Missouri.
Both of these chickens can provide that. But I am now going to explore the difference between Rhode Island Reds and New Hampshire Reds concerning free roaming, personalities, ability to endure cold, and also meat quality.
New Hampshire Reds
According to Wikipedia, the New Hampshire Reds "dresses a nice, plump carcass as either a broiler or a roaster." New Hampshire Reds also make good mothers and brood their own chicks (I like that). They lay large brown eggs. Young chicks also feather up rapidly (I like that, too). They are also competitive and aggressive. They look more reddish-blonde than deep red.
Rhode Island Reds
Rhode Island Reds are much brighter red. They also lay large brown eggs. Rhode Island Reds have a friendlier reputation, also. (good for me). They are tough, good foragers, don't get sick much, However, they don't do well in winter weather without help with a heater. Both hens and roosters have been known to kill a fox or dog intruder. (that's good). They have strong family ties and bond well with their owner.
I am now leaning heavily towards the Rhode Island Red chicken breed. They are beautiful.