New Hampshire

Average User Rating:
4.18333/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Frequent
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Red
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    American
    The New Hampshire were developed from the Rhode Island Red around 1915 in New Hampshire.
    Farmers in New Hampshire continued breeding and came up with a hen that matures early, has large brown eggs, feathers quickly and has lots of strength and vigor. The New Hampshire was recognized by the Standard of Perfection in 1935


    Although this breed is here titled New Hampshire "Red", the accurate name for the breed is simply New Hampshire.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Frequent
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Docile

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Red
    Breed Details:
    I currently have 6 New Hampshire Reds and they are the best birds ever! I can handle them really well and they are not flighty like smaller breeds. All of my birds come running to me when they see a bread bag or some leftovers. My New Hampshires lay an egg every day and 99% of the time it's a very large egg. My hens get along with my other birds very well and are very heavy birds. Most of them weigh about 7 to 8 pounds and they feather out very quickly.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. kie4
    5/5,
    "Our best layer, 80 eggs in 3 months"
    Pros - Prolific layer
    Never goes broody
    Reliable
    Cons - Doesn't like to be held
    Purchase Price:
    2
  2. msazeeta
    5/5,
    "Best Layer"
    Pros - Consistant layer, large eggs, docile, quiet, winter hardy
    Cons - Doesn't like to be held
    This is the perfect backyard chicken in my opinion. Mine lays the largest eggs in my flock. Beautiful eggs, light pinkish brown and thick shelled. She was my only chicken who laid every day throughout the winter. She is docile, sweet and quiet. My only complaint is that she hates being held, I know this won't matter for most folks!
    Overall:
    5
    Vaquero likes this.
  3. CochinLover1
    4/5,
    "Good egg layers, friendly"
    Pros - Good egg layers, friendly, winter hardy
    Cons - None
    I always keep a couple of these birds in my flocks. These birds are not amazing egg layers but they will lay for a long time. At an older age they tend to be egg eaters so extra protein and calcium is recommended. These hens are independent and seem to avoid predators very well. They are friendly and non-aggressive. Over the years we have gotten New Hampshires from different sources, and they seem vary from from hatchery to hatchery. From personal experience, McMurray has been the best for us.
    Overall:
    4.5

User Comments

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  1. Chickenangel433
    Mine is almost 1 yr. started laying gorgeous brown eggs almost daily. Now none for almost a month. She's not molting. She's also bottom of pecking order keeping head down around rest of flock. Yesterday I noticed her walking very strangely like she's tip toeing drunk. What's happened to my fav sweet girl?
  2. lifein1840
    I got a New Hampshire last year as a chick to see if I would like the breed.....she is a great hen! She's quiet, lays large/extra large eggs (about 5 per week) and is very hardy. The only con I have is that she is on the bottom of the pecking order, even though she is the largest hen. I will get this breed again, she is one of my favorites.
  3. The Angry Hen
    I love New Hampshire's!

    My only, only-cons are: I had 2 not long ago, they both passed away from heart problems. And their vision isn't very good. Pros: I raised one in my room, smart, pretty and sweet. Also great egg layers!

    -The Angry Hen
  4. abbey21
    I have a NH named Piper too! So funny! She is definitely my favorite little gal and has loved to sit in my lap since she was a chick!
  5. mymilliefleur
    I don't recall any of my new hampshires going broody, but I guess it's possible. After all, I have a Red Sexlink hen that is broody right now. :)
  6. snowflake
    I wondered how broody yours are? I have 1 and she is BEAUTIFUL and lays nice eggs but goes broody early spring and stays with her chicks till they are almost as lg as she is. she hatched some last summer and still sat with them this winter on the roost
  7. Lilorp14
    we gave him away on the 1st of Nov 2014
  8. Lilorp14
    ive had him for months he had his chance i wont kill him i am re homing him i would never kill any of my birds
  9. Turk Raphael
    Give him a chance...he might calm down. I've seen it go both ways, the ones that are ice early on can become hellions in short order and the so-called mean ones can moderate. Even if you can get him to call a truce, I think that's better than killing a good bird. For me, the aggressive birds have been the best overall birds.
  10. Lilorp14
    my profile pic is cherry he is mean but i still love him

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