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Rhode Island White


Pros: Great layers and great meat birds.

Cons: I do not have any negative things to say.

This line of Rhode Island Whites seem to be very gentle and easy going.  They are great layers of mostly Ex-large, large and once in a while a medium sized egg.  They are truly a dual purpose in every aspect of the word.  They are a massive solid bird. 


When I dressed out some cockerels at 26 weeks old they came in at an average of 5 pounds.  Mine line of Rhode Island Whites are not hatchery birds and are a true Heritage breed bred to the APA Standard for Rose Comb Rhode Island Whites.



Cockerel at 7 months                                                                 Pullet at 7 months



If you can find the true Rhode Island White you will love them for their great egg production, meat quality and personality.


Pros: Large, beige eggs almost every day. Chickens are medium sized, dont require too much feed.

Cons: Aggresive to both themselves, myself, my slikies; do not show signs of intelligence. Scream& screech loudly morning, noon, & night.

My hens are extremely aggressive. They claim certain spots and attack any chickens who enter that spot, whether its the rooster, a silky, myself, or another RIW. Do tend to eat eggs if they aren't laid in the nesting box. When I feed them, I have to put the feed in several different spots, otherwise my RIW wont let the silkies or rooster eat. They claim the highest perch, forcing my silkies to be lower down, in the reach of predators. Kick dung and mud around a lot, at other chickens and into water dish.


They do tend to go broody, often. Great egg producers, although one of them lays a double yoke every other egg. The RIW themselves are a close bunch, even if some of them do attack each other. If a predator attacked, they`d be more than able to defend themselves. They scream or screech whenever they see another animal, whether its myself, a squirrel, my dog, or a bird flying above. However annoying, this proves to alert the other chickens to danger if the animal poses a threat.


Over all, they are an okay bird, though I do NOT recommend them to beginners.


Pros: Sweet , good egg layers , look like doves

Cons: None

These were one of our first, she looked like a dove and so we named her dove. They are good , easy to raise , good egg layers and nice chickens


Pros: beautiful orange eggs, jumbo eggs, friendly, easily tamed,

Cons: sometimes bossy

they dont seem to get along well with others but of the same breed they are perfect. mine follows me like dogs. and even squats for me. i love love love them and hope to get more in the future. lookin for me a roo.


My 2 girls are lovely and lay every day nice big eggs - i love the breed

Rhode Island White

While the names and place of origin are the same, the Rhode Island White is actually a distinctly different breed from the Rhode Island Red. The Rhode Island White was developed in 1888 by Mr. J. Alonzo Jocoy of Peacedale, Rhode Island. He developed the breed by crossing White Wyandottes with Partridge Cochins and Rose Comb White Leghorns. In 1903, Mr. Jocoy made the breed known to the public and offered individuals for sale. The breed continued to be developed and improved so that it more closely resembled the Rhode Island Red’s brick-like body shape. Fairly popular up until the 1960's it is now considered a uncommon-moderately rare breed. The breed was admitted into the APA in 1922. The standard only accepts rose comb Rhode Island White. The crossing of a Rhode Island Red and a Rhode Island White will result in Red Sex-Link offspring, meaning offspring that can be sexed by down color alone at hatch. Males are white, females are red.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceCold
Egg ProductivityHigh
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorBrown
Breed TemperamentAggressive,Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Noisy,Shy,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesClean, pure white.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

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

General Egg Info:

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

Breed Temperament:

Aggressive,Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Noisy,Shy,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Clean, pure white.

Breed Details:

Rhode Island White- The Rhode Island White is only available as Rose Combed. The beak for the Rhode Island White is yellow. Legs and skin are yellow. Eyes are Green or Hazely. Large Fowl weights: Roosters weigh 8.5 pounds, hens weigh 6.5 pounds. Bantam weights: 34 ounces for a cock and 30 ounces for a hen at eighteen months of age The temperment of induvidual birds will vary greatly depending on sex, and method of raising.


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