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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: 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!


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: Heat and Cold tolerant; very kind; very tough; good layer

Cons: Weird molts

I love my New Hampshire chicken. She is a good layer, and super nice! She was very shy at first but she now lets me hold and pet her. On sunny days we sit on the porch swing together and she loves it. Everyone should add some to their flock! The only thing I did not like was it scares me when she molts. She loses her head and neck feathers along with her tail so those things are bald for a while. Then they all grow back and she looks okay. Other than that she is an excellent excellent chicken even for first time chicken owners. 

She also knows her name. If you call her and make a kissy sound with your lips, she comes RUNNING from wherever she is in our yard (I have 2 acres). 

Favorite chicken breed. Hands down.


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: 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: Beautiful breed,good layer,adventurous,tame,active,curious

Cons: can sometimes be very large

The New Hampshire is one of my favorite breeds! They will just come up to you and just "hang out" with you. Mine are escape experts because i have seen them open a door by jumping and kicking it open! like WOW! They never cease to amaze me and make me laugh!:D


Pros: Calm, friendly

Cons: Was not impressed with their lay rate

The hatchery catalog listed this breed as 'very good' layers but I was not impressed. They were calm and friendly but only about a 60% lay rate. I wanted some breed that laid more than that. I kept them about a year and then gave them away. I had Golden Laced Wyondottes too and same complaint about them.


Pros: good egg layers, sweet personality, and protective Roo's

Cons: a little nippy at times.

I have 7 NHR's and my two oldest hens are the sweetest. My rooster is very protective over them and stands guard all the time. Overall they are good birds and I like mine. When it comes meal time tho, I have to drop the food and back away or they nip at my heels, but only to say "MOM FEED ME ALREADY"

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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