I was looking for another thread and found this one and found that I posted many months ago so I thought I would let you know a little about the New Hampshire's I have seen for the past 10 months. I am working with a fellow in South Alabama with my old strain of Mohawk Rhode Island Reds which is 100 years old this year. They are still pure and have not lost much of their breed color or shape since I gave them up ten years ago. When I go over to look at the breeders I cant get in my car and say to myself if I had a second choice to have large fowl over Rhode Island Reds it would be these New Hampshire's Matt has got from Doug from Indiana. They are simply stunning to look at and they lay tons of eggs. He has big fast growing chicks all over the place. Now you would think I would say White Plymouth Rocks would be my second choice as I have breed them for 25 years and am the past Secretary of the Plymouth Rock Fanciers Club. But folks this is a fantastic chicken for the back yard hobbyist. You don't have to show them, you don't have to own and look at a standard of perfection to see if they have the right leg color they are just a great all around chicken.Its like looking at a big flock of Golden Pheasants which is no pretty of a fowl than I have seen or Mandarin ducks.
They are in my view the best dual purpose chicken a family could own right now over Rhode Island Reds.
Now if you want the most eggs you can get out of a chicken get the feed store kind as they are breed for egg production and not looks or meat.
But one day if you want a great large fowl where you don't have to have a lot of females to give you eggs don't forget this old breed.
I hope you all join the New Hampshire Club and support its comeback. There is a few out there like I am talking about. The wont be at the feed stores or catalogs. bob
Old picture by Shcilling of a nice New Hampshire
Matt 1616 cockerel from last year
Edited by Robert Blosl - 2/26/12 at 10:54am