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New Hampshire



Cons: NONE

This is by far the best breed I have! Piper is very tame, loves to be picked up and snuggled, is funny, very smart, very healthy, brave and she lays great eggs. I would get a lot more of these If I had the room! I reccomend these birds to anyone who has other pets and kids. She is not scared of our 2 little dogs at all, and is great with kids. This is going to sound weird, but she reminds me of a cat. haha. LOVE THIS BREED!!!


Pros: Friendly, Beautiful, Good Layers

Cons: not the best mothers

Been fooling with chickens for over 35 years and the New Hampshires are still my favorite. I was lucky enough to have a hen that was almost perfect; she always won the blue ribbon at shows and local fairs. She would follow me around the farm and was always looking to see what I was doing. She was almost a pest, but I loved her, and she loved to be picked up and held. Best bird I ever had.  Good egg layers, too. Would recommend them to anyone starting out. My New Hampshires didn't go broody as much as I had wished, but you can't have it all.


Pros: Large, beautiful, Friendly, gentle, concerned, good lookout

We have a New Hampshire Rooster.  He displays typical rooster behavior towards hens,but in comparing him with other Roosters I've had, he puts on alot of show to get the hen's acceptance first.  He is not overly pesky.  He is protective of them and is an excellent lookout for aerial and potential ground predators.  (He is a Free Ranger-with the rest).  He is friendly and allows himself to be picked up by myself or the kids.  Gorgeous fluff and feathers.  He has a great personality and demeanor.   


Pros: Beautiful, great layers, larger (good insulation value), hardy (in my experience), savvy foragers

Cons: larger

great birds for anyone who is looking for looks and eggs!

Edit: thought my hen was a NH but she's actually an RIR Light Sussex cross. Woops. Newbie mistake.


Pros: Super Friendly and wonderful egg layer

I got 2 of these wonderful girls with my Brown Egg Layers special from Murray McMurray. I have one that is jump in my lap friendly. I didn't want to name any of my chickens but I had no choice but to name her. Girly is wonderful on top of that she lay beautiful light brown eggs. Their red color is also a wonderful addition to my flock.


Pros: Consistant layer, large eggs, docile, quiet, winter hardy

Cons: Doesn't like to be held

This is the perfect backyard chicken in my opinion. Mine lays the largest eggs in my flock. Beautiful eggs, light pinkish brown and thick shelled. She was my only chicken who laid every day throughout the winter. She is docile, sweet and quiet. My only complaint is that she hates being held, I know this won't matter for most folks! 


Pros: Good egg layers, friendly, winter hardy

Cons: None

I always keep a couple of these birds in my flocks. These birds are not amazing egg layers but they will lay for a long time. At an older age they tend to be egg eaters so extra protein and calcium is recommended. These hens are independent and seem to avoid predators very well. They are friendly and non-aggressive. Over the years we have gotten New Hampshires from different sources, and they seem vary from from hatchery to hatchery. From personal experience, McMurray has been the best for us.


Pros: very friendly not very flighty/easy to catch good in the winter

Cons: trys to find a way out of my cage/netting

I recommend this for a beginner my chicken gets out and fly's over my 2-3 foot netting but is easy to catch and surrenders rather quickly

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire were developed from the Rhode Island Red around 1915 in New Hampshire. Farmers in New Hampshire continued breeding and came up with a hen that matures early, has large brown eggs, feathers quickly and has lots of strength and vigor. The New Hampshire was recognized by the Standard of Perfection in 1935 Although this breed is here titled New Hampshire "Red", the accurate name for the breed is simply New Hampshire.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityHigh
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorBrown
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Easily handled,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesRed
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassAmerican
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Frequent
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: Brown

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Easily handled,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:


Breed Details:

I currently have 6 New Hampshire Reds and they are the best birds ever! I can handle them really well and they are not flighty like smaller breeds. All of my birds come running to me when they see a bread bag or some leftovers. My New Hampshires lay an egg every day and 99% of the time it's a very large egg. My hens get along with my other birds very well and are very heavy birds. Most of them weigh about 7 to 8 pounds and they feather out very quickly.


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