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Rhodebar Reviews


Autosexing brown egg layer


Pros: Great layer, calm disposition, chicks easily sexable at hatch

Cons: Hard to find, no commercial hatcheries carry them yet

Take a Rhode Island Red, add barring and take away a few other genes, and you have an auto-sexing brown egg layer. The commercial world is dominated by sex-link hybrids, but as everyone knows (or soon finds out), the magic of color sexing chicks does not continue into future generations. Hatcheries might like this because it keeps customers from raising their own replacement stock, but backyard breeders who would like to hatch their own, would be much better served by keeping auto-sexing breeds.   Our hens are top notch layers, yesterday I collected 10 eggs from 11 hens, and one of those is the original hen and is likely still completing her molt. They are calm but curious, always...
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Wonderful birds


Pros: Amazing layers of extra large to jumbo sized eggs; rooster is very caring and attentive; great foragers

Cons: A little on the loud side.

We have only had these chooks for a month+, but they have already won me over.  Daily layers of huge eggs, sweet dispositions, big, beautiful birds!  And, even though ours were raised in breeding pens, they are awesome foragers.  If they were as quiet as our Australorps, I think I'd have a new favorite. 

Great addition to my flock!


Pros: Calm, Beautiful and excellent layers!

I only have two Rhodebars, Hildred and Mildred. They are both beautiful, calm and are great layers with pretty brown eggs. They get along great with my Orpingtons. Truly a lovely breed!

Not so sure....


Pros: Neat coloring, Get along with most other breeds well

Cons: 1 rooster very mean

When I first got my chicks I was told 2 of the 12, were Orpingtons, as they got bigger and grew different colored feathers, we found out they were actually 2 Rhodebars, Blanche & Biggie. Biggie grew faster than all the other chickens, and started growing a comb quickly as well, so we figured she was actually a he. However, Blanche did not grow very fast so we assumed she was still a she, and she was mine and my 3 year old daughter's favorite. Blanche was the first to come running for treats, would follow us around, even the only one who didnt have much problem with me picking her up. Biggie was very docile, but skittish. As they got older, Biggie began crowing at 8 weeks, and was...
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Rhodebar Lover

Best Breed Ever!!!


Pros: Great layers, amazing temperament, and beautiful!

Cons: WAY less common than they should be and in cold climates can get frostbite.

Rhodebars are the perfect breed for almost anyone! I have raised Silkies, Australorps, Easter Eggers, Marans, Brahmas, English Orpingtons, Cream Legbars, Plymouth Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, and Polish and none of them even compare to Rhodebars. They are my best layers of brown eggs and although I have never personally butchered them, could be used for meat production. My roosters have never been aggressive and will tolerate little kids invading their turf. The hens LOVE to sit on your lap and be petted. To get your attention they will bite your legs playfully and will run all the way up a large hill to our house which is far away from the coop. They are even beautiful, the hens have mixes...
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