Rhode Island Reds
( AKA: RIR'S )
Brief Breed History
The Rhode Island Red was developed in the Rhode Island and Massachusetts area in the early eighteen hundreds to be a dual-purpose fowl. They get their deep red color from their Malay blood. Even though these are dual purpose fowl most people keep them for their egg laying abilty, but they do make good eating birds too.
Weight - Roosters 8 1/2 lbs., Hens 6 1/2 lbs., Cockrels 7 1/2 lbs., Pullets 5 1/2 lbs.
Color - Dark Red to Mahognay
Comb - Single and Rose Combs
Skin color - Yellow
Egg color - Light brown to Medium brown
Leg color - Yellow
Body shape - Rectangular and long with perked tail.
This breed is very cold hardy, lays through the winter and a very good choice for a small flock owner. The roosters can be aggressive, but for the most part they are very docile. Here is an example of how the breed should look:
RIR Pictures :
These are them as chicks:When they were about 20 weeks they started laying.
Here is one of my hens
Good luck with your flock
http://www.crohio.com/reds/ : Breed website
http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/Reds/BRKRIR.html : Info