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Are New Hampshire Reds Docile or Aggressive?

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I read somewhere that NHR were more docile than RIRs. I have since read the opposite. I have two of each coming in my newest chicken shipment. Can some NHR owners give me some clarity?  I've had RIR for years, but I found them a bit aggressive towards the Barred Rocks. Any help here would be greatly appreciated!

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My NHR, Mathilda, is the sweetest of my 4 chicken flock. She is on the lowest rung of the pecking order but she doesn't let it get her down.  She cackles and makes a fuss each time she lays an egg and I lover her flappy comb.  She is not at all aggressive although she was holding her own pretty well yesterday with the new treat ball I hung up for them.  Here she is leading the group up the stairs to check out that days treat


Edited by JessHeller - 3/21/16 at 2:54pm
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My new Hampshire red is as dicile as my silkie..on the other hand my Delaware is mean to the new Hampshire and she doesn't fight back she just bareys her head
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Heritage bred New Hampshires are not typically aggressive. Hatchery sourced Production Reds that are light enough to have the label New Hampshire Red, are an entirely different thing. Hatchery birds are not bred for temperament, so you never know what your birds are going to be like.

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