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Rhode Island


Pros: Curious, Loving, Good Eggs, Caring for other chicks.

Cons: None!

I have 3 RIRs in my flock, and they are the best. They always swarm me when I go into the coop in the morning. They even eat straight out of my hand, unlike the other birds in the flock. They will peck out my leg hairs, and peck at my freckles. They are the nicest birds I know. They even kind of guard this young Guinea Hen I have from the others. Plus, they have great nice size eggs; and lay an egg a day.D.gif


Pros: Loving, Great Layers, Wonderful Foragers

Have a feeling that my 6 RIR's are not normal. They are mellow and just want to be loved on. They do become pests when the feed scoop comes out, but other than that have not had any issues with them or do they pick on the other breeds.. The girls all give an egg a day - even through winter (no added light and only turned on heat lamp when it was 15 or lower outside). My flock will always have RIR's in it. big_smile.png


Pros: Friendly, Good Layers, Not Broody, Nice Color, Etc.

Cons: There isn't anything I dislike.. I just worry about getting roosters, I hear they are aggressive.

I have 2 RIRs. Red and Ruthie. Ruthie was a rescue so she is shy, but not aggressive or mean. Red was raised by me as a chick and is a very friendly bird! She likes to be picked up. They are great layers. They don't go broody, which is good, I have enough broody hens! I had trouble deciding between 4 1/2 stars or 5 stars on this breed. They are good chickens anyway, and I have no dislikes. Hope this helps!

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Pros: Very hardy, very healthy, excellent layers.

Cons: Flighty, can be aggro, not very personable.

I have had three Rhodies for two years now. We raised them from chicks. They do not like being handled at all and generally keep their distance. My alpha hen is one of the Rhodies. She asserts herself but is not a bully. They lay nice brown eggs averaging around 5 per week. They have not gone broody at all. They have moulted and the moult lasted several months. They are pretty birds. Given the choice again, I would reserve Rhodies for more of a farm setting where their independence and hardiness would be very desired. For a backyard flock I would probably go with a more personable breed in the future.


Pros: Lay Almost Daily, Not Flighty

Cons: Mean to other birds

I have owned several RIR over the years, but that last 2 I have, will be my last! They are GREAT layers, but they have attacked a killed another chicken. They are top of the pecking order in my flock and they are the meanest to other birds. If your entire flock was RIR, it would probably be ok, but in a mixed flock with more docile birds, the docile birds don't stand a chance.


Pros: Nice sized bird that lays a L/XL brown egg

Cons: Roosters can be very mean

Good layers, production types don't typically go broody. The meanest roosters I've ever had were this breed, but in some settings a good tough guy is exactly what you need. The hens were great... calm, good foragers, very good layers.


Some flying ability. LOUD crowing. Hens didn't much sing the egg song after 8 months of age, so I wouldn't call the girls loud. The girls were not prone to frequent cackling.


Roosters not recommended around small children unless he's proven to be well behaved.


Pros: Very loving, great eggs/layers, very good with children, winter hardy

Cons: Very noisy

 These birds are my favorite breed I have. I get an egg from everyone almost every day. If you live in a cold climate then these birds are a good choice. They can be very noisy though...


Pros: Tough, Curious, Good layers

Cons: Can be aggressive

I have a RIR hen named Wicked; for a reason. She is the first to get to the gate when I walk in the run with food, and jumps up to my chest at times to grab the food out of my hands, and if she can't reach it, or if I scoot her back, she pecks me. If my daughter touches the fence, Wicked pecks her fingers. And if another chicken takes food in front of her, Wicked jumps on her to take it back. I have seen her do it to the roosters twice so far.


However, even since chick-hood, she has loved to investigate new things everywhere, which provides a great deal of entertainment for us. Plus, how can I argue with her when she gives me an egg a day?


Pros: pretty, kills bugs, great egg layers, good for kids

Cons: like all chickens they can hurt when they peck

the Rhode island reds are the only chicken that I have had I got mine this year from tractor supply all are still living they layed their first egg 2 nights ago and I got another egg this morning they like to play around and fly so have a good area for that they are a lot of fun and they will keep you entertained I promise


Pros: Sweet, good pets, not shy, nice eggs

Cons: Never had one go broody

I have eight and they are such sweethearts... also very snoopy!

Rhode Island

Most often when one thinks of Rhode Island Reds they are thinking of the Large Fowl Rhode Island Red as it is one of the oldest known breeds of chicken and was developed mainly in Rhode Island and Massachusetts in the mid 1840's. The first birds were bred in Little Compton, RI with the use of a Black Breasted Red Malay cock who was imported from England. This Rooster can actually still be seen on display in the Smithsonian Institution as the father of the breed. The breed was accepted into the American Poultry Association in 1904. A monument funded by the Rhode Island Red Club of America was erected in Little Compton and today is listed on the national register of historic places. It can be seen here: The Rhode Island Red is the State Bird of Rhode Island. The breed was developed to withstand the harsh New England winters and be a very hardy bird who produced hens with excellent large egg yields and who also would dress out well and look nice on the table, a true dual purpose bird. While the names and places of origin are the same, the Rhode Island White is actually a distinct breed separate from the Rhode Island Red per the American Poultry Association.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceCold
Egg ProductivityHigh
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorBrown
Breed TemperamentAggressive,Friendly,Flighty,Easily handled,Calm,Noisy
Breed Colors/VarietiesThe Rhode Island Red is only recognised in Red.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassAmerican
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Rose/Single
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: Cold

General Egg Info:

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

Breed Temperament:

Aggressive,Friendly,Flighty,Easily handled,Calm,Noisy

Breed Colors / Varieties:

The Rhode Island Red is only recognised in Red.

Breed Details:

The Rhode Island Red- Large Fowl and Bantam are available as both Single Combed and Rose Combed. The red should be a deep, dark Mahogany or Rust color, the darker the better. Some birds can be so dark as to appear black from a distance, both sexes have black tails with a "beetle" green sheen. The body is best known as being "Brick" shaped for both Rhode Island Reds and Rhode Islands Whites for both Large Fowl and Bantam. The legs are clean and feather free. The skin and feet are yellow. The eyes are red orange. The beak for the Rhode Island Red LF and Bantam is Reddish Brown. Large Fowl weights as follows: Pullet 5 1/2 pounds, cockeral 7 1/2 pounds, hen 6 1/2 pounds and cock 8 1/2 pounds. Bantam weights: 34 ounces for a cock and 30 ounces for a hen at eighteen months of age Eggs- Eggs are always brown (From all varieties) and range from light to dark in color, large in size for the Large Fowl. Not uncommon for first year LF laying hens to have eggs too big to shut into a carton. Eggs are known for hatching well. Rhode Island Reds can be fiesty and a little hot tempered. Especially the cockeral but if handled a lot from early on and won over with treats they can make lovely back yard chickens who tolerate roomy confinement well. Temperments differ greatly between induvidual birds depending on sex, and method of raising.


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