New Hampshire

Average User Rating:
4.19672/5,
  • 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
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    The New Hampshire is an American breed, developed beginning around 1910 in the New England states from the Rhode Island Red breed. The New Hampshire breeders selected for a vigorous dual purpose bird, one that would be early maturing, very fast growing, fast feathering, and producing a good table bird with hens having good egg laying ability. By the 1930’s they had successfully developed the New Hampshire to the extent where it was a popular breed choice for commercial egg production, used as crosses in the commercial broiler industry on the east coast, and were popular entries in the Chicken of Tomorrow contests which led to the development of the modern broiler industry.

    It was admitted to the APA in 1935 and are very popular as show birds today. The APA recognizes one color, that being a rich chestnut red with black tail feathers. Birds kept outdoors will often find their red color is prone to fading. They are found in several other colors, including blue and white in other countries.

    They are friendly birds with people, usually making good pets, and can be tamed fairly easily. They are good foragers and do well free ranging. They are vigorous and competitive and should be watched that they aren’t overly bossy with gentle breeds. They are quite cold hardy and good winter layers. The hens will go broody and are good mothers.

    Though often called New Hampshire Reds, the name of the breed is New Hampshire, with the name New Hampshire Red often being used to identify a hatchery New Hampshire / Rhode Island Red cross.
    There is a bantam New Hampshire, though it was developed primarily in the Netherlands.

    It was recognized by the APA in 1935.
    It is on The Livestock Conservancy's Watch list.

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    New Hampshire eggs

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    New Hampshire chicks

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    New Hampshire juvenile

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    New Hampshire hen (pullet)

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    New Hampshire rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-new-hampshire.1024180/
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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. MichelleT
    5/5,
    "Maybe it's too soon..."
    Pros - great, early, layer
    Cons - none yet
    Our NH is only 26 weeks old so maybe it's too soon to write a valid review... BUT she's an AMAZING layer!! At 26 weeks she's been laying for about 4 weeks AND she's already laying 6 eggs/week. They're a beautiful pinkish brown and shiny. Personality-wise she's not sit-on-your-lap friendly but she always comes to greet me, talks to me whenever I visit them, and fits in well with the flock. I'm quite happy with my Little Red Hen!
    The Angry Hen likes this.
  2. 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
  3. 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
    The Angry Hen and Vaquero like this.

User Comments

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  1. featherhead007
    I bought my 2 Hampshire reds from a corner feed store, fully grown they had a slightly deformed beaks, but they need love too! So now they are mine to love...
    And wow do they produce big beautiful brown eggs! And are extremely friendly to me.
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  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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. :)
  7. 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
  8. Lilorp14
    we gave him away on the 1st of Nov 2014
  9. 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
  10. 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.

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