Pros: Amazing layers, friendly, cheap and can be found at just about any store.
Cons: None that I can think of.
One of my favorite breeds! They are beautiful and friendly, and some of the best layers I've ever owned. They are common enough that you can find them at almost all stores that sell chicks. Everybody should have Rhode Island Reds.
Pros: Great egg layer and friendly too. Never fails to come into coop when performing daily cleanup to talk to me and just hang around.
Cons: None that I may think of.
Middle range size among my small flock and is a great egg layer with a personality. Not bossy or easily bullied either. I actually don't have a bully hen. Loves to free range but when they know I'm coming out the door comes running to see if I have a treat for them. A must-have standard chicken. I think this breed is a good food to egg production ratio hen.
Pros: Friendly, smart, inquisitive, nice red color, good layers
Cons: Can’t think of any!
I love RIRs! When my family first moved into my childhood home over thirty years ago, it came with a flock of chickens, mostly RIRs, including a roo by the name of Arthur (my mom still talks about what a great rooster he was). When I got laying chickens again about six years ago, I got some RIRs and purposely ordered a roo (one of the hens ended up being a roo, so I had two). They both ended up being sweet roosters (even though I’ve heard they can be aggressive). I have a couple of young hens right now (10 weeks old) in my mixed flock and they are both very friendly and love attention and cuddling (and as young chicks they were the most inquisitive).
Pros: She's very sweet and loved to be cuddles, eats out of your hand very gently
Cons: My hen doesn't lay, I know most do but mine just doesn't for some reason
I have a RIR who's conveniently named Red(I know, I'm so creative with my names), but she's so beautiful so it's fine. As I mentioned, she's very very pretty and beautiful and her temperament is wonderful. She is the sweetest not so little thing and will always come running up to you when you have treats(or sometimes even when you don't). Mine lets me sit her on my lap and she'll just stand on my leg and stare. However, mine doesn't lay eggs at all! She is one of the two oldest in our flock, around 5 but she's never laid at all, not even when she was younger. I know most RIR are known for their high egg output but mine's just an outlier I guess. I don't care if she doesn't lay because I just feed the eggs right back to my chickens, they're all just pets to me. I'm vegan so I don't eat the eggs.
I have wanted Rhode Island Reds for a long time, mainly because my Uncle had some and used to bring eggs to us from his home in TN. I always thought those eggs tasted better than any other eggs I had ever had! So now I have 9 RIR's. And I cant wait to get this journey started, well I guess its already started as of 12 days ago now. Lol!
Pros: Large brown eggs , Fairly quick growth , can make a good roaster if fed well .
Cons: Roosters can be aggressive .
Another one of those good duel purpose breeds . Will lay plenty of large and jumbo large brown eggs . These are in my top 5 of favorite breeds . We keep careful records of feed to egg ratios here because of the sheer number of birds we have in egg production and the Rhode Island red does very well . Roosters are nice looking and very protective of their hens but can be aggressive at times . They will supply you with lots of fertile eggs for the incubator if you like hatching out chicks .
Pros: Good layers. Friendly. Get along with other breeds.
I recently saved a few Reds. They have just started laying and as they are getting the hang of it the eggs are getting larger and a glossy brown. Mine are free ranged during the day and locked up at night. They are friendly and allow me to pick them up to check them out.
Pros: Extra-large to jumbo cafe au lait eggs daily
Good foragers and free rangers
One of the first of our flock to run for cover when arial predators are present
Reliably return to the coop on time every night
There aren't enough words to describe how wonderful these chickens are. We have six hens in our flock of over 150 chickens. These were the first hens I placed in our cart earlier this year from a major hatchery in Iowa. They seem to be on the smaller size when compared to our Buff Orpingtons and Barred Plymouth Rocks, which is fine for us since we run a no-kill farm.
The Rhode Island Reds were not my favorites or even close when we first got them. They seemed a bit blank in the personality department, especially when compared to the Barred Rocks, which are ALL personality and winners. But over these last few months, the RIRs have really won me over.
They began laying at 20 weeks. Their eggs started out quite small in a friendly café au lait color. At about six months old, their eggs went from petite to grande. Always extra-large or jumbo, these eggs have firm whites that hold their shape and yolks that are bright orange and stand at attention. They are truly fabulous layers of works of art.
The hens are soft and personable, loving their cuddle time. They are independent and not beggars for food and treats but more so lovers of affection. They jump into my arms when I bend over and never try to get free. They used to be a bit skittish but not anymore. They were hatched March 26th and it's now November 4th. I'd say this growth in affectionate personality began about a month ago, at about six months of age.
We never see them pecking at other hens or having any pecking order issues. They are just perfect hens in our peaceful flock. All of our hens and roosters love them.
As far as free ranging, they range a respectable distance from the coop without worrying us. Our Buffs tend to range a bit far for our liking. They are always home in the coop safely before the threat of darkness falls upon the farm. This brings peace to our family as we can always depend on the Rhode Island Reds to be counted in full first. They're home early to reserve their nightly roost.
And their plumage...GORGEOUS! They look as though they've been to the salon to get a cellophane treatment. Their feathers shine like the sun with what looks like a liquid gloss. They're dark brown with flame red highlights. To some, they might seem boring. But to a more piercing eye, they are brilliantly shaded and designed to sheer perfection.
I honestly can't say enough good about these hens. They are certainly one of my favorite breeds and well worth the reputation they've earned.
Pros: Great layers.
Big glossy brown eggs.
Great feed to egg conversion ratio.
Good response to low-density feed
Adores humans a lot.
Cons: The feather color wasn't appropriate for showing and exhibition.
Also, my strain was bred for egg production and not for a dual purpose.
Very aggressive to other chickens, not only to newcomers.
Good forager, but not as good as Mediterranean Breeds.
Pros: Prolific egg layers, big brown eggs, friendly, sweet personalities, great with kids, some strains live past age 10
Cons: Some strains don't live very long (up to 4 years)
My very first chicks as a kid were Rhode Island Reds and I have adored the breed ever since. Over the course of my life I have ALWAYS had Rhode Island Reds because there is so much to love about them. I have never had a poor experience with hens or roosters. Even Rhode Island Red cross-breeds are great. The only negative thing I can think of is that some strains are short lived.
Pros: Love their keepers
Want to be involved in everything
Very Smart and Consistent
Large/XLarge Brown Eggs Nearly Everyday
Cons: Hard to integrate "new" birds into the group
This is my first "firsthand" experience with raising chickens. We purchased our RIRs at about 3 days old. We raised them in the house in ever expanding boxes until it was warm enough to put them in a coop. We did take them out on sunny days to play in the yard in a metal puppy pen. They love to free range and pick and scratch everything. They follow us around thinking we might scare up some vittles for them some how. If my husband is digging anything, they know that is an opportunity and flock to his side. They give us hours of entertainment. They jump on our laps for rubs and hugs. When they started squatting upon approach was the sweetest. However, if a bird was not raised with them, they are very intolerant and almost bullying. They chase them around for the fun of it. They do not hurt them, just bully them. 10 hens, 10 eggs per day - the little white egg is from my Leghorn.
Cons: Smallish eggs
Digs in yard CONSTANTLY and destroys plants
Dislikes being handled
After a year of owning two Rhode Island Reds, I'd have to say I won't get them again.
While good at fending for themselves, they haven't made great pets (least tame of my hens) and tend to lay small eggs. They do well within the flock, but their foraging instincts make them more destructive than any of my other hens. If you don't keep them in a run, prepare to say goodbye to your lawn and garden.
Pros: Friendly, Docile, Hardy, Heat Tolerant, Egg Laying Machines, Good Forage and Free Range, Aware of Predators
Cons: Small Frames for Meat, Medium Sized Eggs
All around good birds. Very docile and easy to manage. I fell in love with chickens all over again when I got them. I also learned more about handling them and taking care of them when I got this breed. Because they’re so easy to manipulate I learned how to palpate the birds to determine breast size, girth at wings, breast bone width, and laying bone!? spacing, lol.
It’s a perfect starting out breed. If you’re not sure what breed to go with, you almost can’t go wrong with RIR’s. Even the rooster is fairly docile. Very prolific eggs layers of medium to large brown eggs. One thing they don’t like is being interrupted in the nest box, and they will actually YELL at you in sort of an angrily surprised yet comical high pitched voice, almost like you walked in on a butt naked woman in the rest room. Haha! Smallish frame for meat, but could do in a pinch, but the real bonus of these birds is how friendly and mild mannered they are. Two thumbs up. Get some!!