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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
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
Cons - None
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.
The best strain of the breed when it comes to eggs.
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 - Very hardy bird; lays lots of eggs.
Pros - They are pretty, they lay big eggs
Cons - Well in some cases it’s a con but mine have never been broody!
I have two of them and they both have so much personality and always run to me when I go to them! They are so gentle and lay of lot of big eggs!!!!
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.
Pros - Pretty
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 - I cannot say enough how much I love and admire this hen. She is affectionate, calm, independent, spunky, and funny.
Cons - She poops... A lot.