I have been bombarded with messages telling me they have Rhode Island Reds and when they send me their pictures they are not dark colored Rhode island Reds like I have been raising for almost 30 years. Today I got a message from a lady and she sent me some descriptions of what all this is about. I have always called them production or commerical reds. The correct name is Cherry Eggers.
I think I may order 25 next year to sell on Ebay.
Here is some of the stuff she sent me for my research. It seems this breed was pushed to the surface maybe in the 1950s from spin offs of ROP Rhode Island Reds that where wining the egg laying contest in the 1930s .
Thanks for sending me this link to this page. New York Reds is right. I am re leaved. bob
Rhode Island Reds: well-known "old breed" that is a popular dual purpose producer of
Brown eggs Dark in Color.
Production Reds (Cherry Eggers) Various Shades of Red Highest producing, most efficient brown egg layer that was
Developed from RI Red x New Hampshire crosses
Cherry Egger Chickens are a combination of different breeds to produce an egg production chicken which lays big brown eggs and they are good winter layers. They are well known for their laying ability and hardiness.
- Weights - Hen-----7 1/2 lbs Rooster------9 1/2 lbs
Pullet---4-6 lbs Cockerel----7-8 lbs
- Purpose - Dual Purpose: egg laying and meat production
- Egg Color - Brown
- Egg Production - Prolific: 250 - 300 eggs per year
- Country of Origin - United States
- APA: -No