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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: 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: 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: amazing colored feathers and there shiny,awsome combs and wattles.

Cons: Cherry is very mean, and killed one of my hens

both of them are roos and i got them at TSC unsexed (thats a way to get one. i new a guy that got 10 chicks and 9 of them were roos!).  pine is the sweetest roo in the world (he'll only eat out of my hand )and cherry is the meanest in the world.he attacks me at the slightest look at his hens . we will be re-homing him soon we were going to give him to one of my fathers coworkers but we found out that he had no hens so we told him we would wait until he had some(we are suspicious that he was into cockfighting.)in the future pine is going to be our main roo. thats all i have to say for now .



Pros: Everything about them is a pro!

Cons: Absolutely none

I have the sweetest New Hampshire pullet ever. She's my lap chicken. All my chickens stay in a run 24/7 but she is so great I let her out to free range while I do my chicken chores. She comes when I call her, super easy to catch (aka reach down and pick up-no actual catching involved) great with the other chickens, beautiful, and EVERYTHING


Pros: Very human friendly, easily trained, Fairly consistant layer, good for both free range and confinement

Cons: Will not lay INSIDE the nest boxes, Minorly bird aggressive, Doesn't like to share roost space, small-medium sized eggs, noisy, thought she was a roo

This is the sweetest birds ever (towards humans) both come when it looks like you may have treats or feed or just to see what I'm doing leading her to nearly die at just 2 months old from jumping within inches of my table saw blade (while it was on). Takes confinement and free ranging well unlike some of my flock which i love because their are some days i don't get home till all most 7 or later and free ranging just wouldn't be practical. When i started free ranging she was on the roost at 5:34 most of the flock followed suit after wards. i wanted to get a whole flock of Rhodie island reds but i just couldn't make it happen so i got five chicks at my feed store two of them being brown and it turns out they where new Hampshire's my favorite is baby girl they both eat from my hand but she is my only layer at the moment and loves to be petted:love. She has been laying for almost 2 weeks she did miss a day but she does lay very consistently.  


Now for the cons


Despite my best efforts this baby girl WILL NOT lay inside the nest boxes leading me to have to step very carefully in the coop as not to break the egg until i find it, even though ideal has the eggs layed by this breed as large. The only eggs i get from baby girl are bantam sized and i know she lays them because i have watched her do so and because she lets off the most god awful horrible "chicken being eaten alive by a coyote" Noises up to an hour before laying said egg. leading me to believe for 2 straight weeks that something was after my chickens in the coop and hurting my self getting out to the coop to see her arranging hay in her "today" nesting spot :/

Baby girl was originally named big boy her comb and waddles grew so huge in such a short time (full comb and waddles at 12 weeks) we thought she was a rooster i even had a ad here on BYC saying such for about a month. Baby girl and works (my other new Hampshire) are both super sweet to people so much so i would be happy to show them to my nephews and nieces but to other birds is a different story i have a single brown campine and white leghorn they both will not stop picking at their breast and tail feathers not to mention they peck at them constantly if either one roosts to close to them no blood has ever been drawn but i don't like it. And for some reason they both will not stop treating the bantam half of the flock like chicks i caught baby girl trying to shove one of my white bantams under her wing:lau of course it doesn't help that i have extra small bantams.   



here are some pics of baby girl and works (Bottom to top)

Rooster to good home


New Hampshire rooster

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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