Rhode Island Red

Pros: friendly
Cons: incredibly loud
We got two RIRs in a batch of ten chicks. We got them from a trusted local breeder, although I wouldn't know the difference between a RIR and a Production Red. Ours are small and friendly. They don't want to be held like the Buff Orpington or the Silkies, but they let us pet them. The only downside is that they are incredibly loud. They are louder than our two cockerels and I'm considering whether or not to give them away. I can't imagine the neighbors appreciate them. They are five months old and I don't know if they are laying yet.
Pros: affectionate, good foragers, smart, curious, playful and friendly
Cons: their curiosity can get them in trouble. they are so accustomed to my dogs and cats I'm afraid they'd never suspect a predictor. gated at night!
My roo (Beauregard) was the sweetest of my flock. He would run to me and hop up my body into my arms or resting on my shoulder. My girls are loving but also very playful and will play with anything. We started with toys at 5 days old and they are the silliest birds I've ever seen!
Pros: Very Good layers... pretty much a daily layer
Cons: not very friendly and not tending to go broody
Very good layers...not tooo nice
Pros: Mostly calm, quiet, neutral behavior, they aren't skittish, very curious, They act smart.
Cons: Kind of pecky towards anything new, They get nervous when you pick them up,
I have 4 Rhode island reds and they are more nice than mean. Some signs of them being smart is today I saw one about 10 feet a way from the others, I went over to try and pick him up then as I was walking over there 1 of the chickens behind me jogged up to me and was staring at me real close I stopped and looked at him, A few seconds later he started to wander off. And before that I started pacing around them to see which one would be more separated from the others Because I was going to pick up one of them to carry around, And surprisingly they started to gather up and went into the coop. That surprised me very much.
Pros: friendly, good personality, nice colors, good pets and layers
Cons: non that I can really thing of
My two hens have been a treat to have since they were babies. Isabeak and Chica are two of the friendliest chickens I have ever met! Every morning I open the coop and they run right out and follow me cooing for treats and attention as they've done since they were just ball of fluff. Isabeak even protects my bantam Popcorn from cats and dogs! When I need new chickens for my flock I will be adding at least one RIR.
Pros: Very friendly when chicks, cold hardy, very handsome roosters, lots of eggs
Cons: Aggressive Roosters! Not Pets!
Are you still looking for that egg producing red hen? Go no farther! Being amongst the best brown egg layers in the world, the Rhode Island Red boasts of its rank in the dual-purpose breeds list. Obviously enough, originating in the village of Adamsville, Rhode Island, by the Rhode Island Red Club of America, this red beauty was developed out of specific strains of black-breasted Malays. This fine work of breeding art became a standard in 1925 and is the base of the many egg laying high-birds. The breed is highly prized for its grand production of eggs. The air of the Rhode Island is a fierce (Cocks) aggressive bird that doesn’t like to be touched or held, which is why they are primarily egg birds. The appearance of the Rhode Island is a proud stately standing chickens, with a large front facing breast and yellow skin and legs. The face of the usual Rhode Island is red with red ear lobes, pointed with a bright yellow beak and loyal red-orange-colored eyes, and is crowned with a splendid comb (Cocks) which climbs to the back of the head. Almost like the New Hampshire, these flashy splendors are feathered with a deep red plumage which ranges from black to almost brown. As said before, being amongst the predecessors of the new egg high birds, they lay 7 eggs a week, a total of 320 eggs a year. Not being very popular for meat birds, the Rhode Island cocks weigh around 8 pounds at butcher size, and the hens weigh 6 pounds. Not being very cold hardy, the hens are unable to lay steadily through winter, which is why they are usually grown in hen houses instead of out in the cold.
I also have a flock of Rhode Island Red and the breed is not my favourite, but are supposed to lay many eggs. The roosters are aggressive to people and don’t like to be held by anyone. They even trace people from the coop! The overall is a good egg layer, but not a pet!

Summary of the Rhode Island Red

Conservation status: Recovering
Popular Names: RIR, Rhode Islands
Country of Origin: United States of America
Use: Dual-Purpose Layer Breed
Personality: Aggressive to humans and pets
Hardiness: Cold
Weight: Male: 8 Pounds, Female: 6 Pounds
Skin Color: Yellow
Egg Color: Brown to Pink
Comb Type: Single
Plumage Pattern: Flat
Plumage: (Cocks) Deep Red (Hen) Brownish-Red
Broodiness: Not often
Pros: Great Egg Layers
I love Rhode Island Reds! They are my main chickens and the hens are very kind and sweet (The ones I've had) They produce great eggs and there should be no problem with them. Lovely birds!
Pros: Very nice and freindly
Cons: sometimes bossy, peck my feet often


Coca is my foot pecker
Pros: Resilient, Friendly, Super Smart, Pretty, Big Eggs, Pretty Eggs
Cons: None!
I hatched out a Rhode Island Red pullet from a bunch of barnyard eggs. This chick seemed sickly. She breathed odd, it was quite loud and raspy. Her feathers took a while to grow in as well.

After giving away eight chicks and only keeping four, she was the only brown one I had hatched. Being the ‘odd’ color against the three other black chicks, she was most noticed. I disliked her at first, she despised being held. She screamed and squawked and pooped everywhere. She grew up with three males. I kept one who I thought was female and hasn’t crowed to this day.

Anyways, the chicks started to smell real bad, so I had to put them in the garage in January. In Michigan, it was usually below zero. I noticed blisters on her feet when she was maybe eight or nine weeks. They were in the coop with my main chickens to help keep warm, my hens were too cold to care, but liked the heat lamp the chick had. None of the others had it, maybe because they feathered faster and could cover their toes up.

The RIR still wasn’t nice, but because I didn’t want to loose her (I had lost one of favorite roosters from her hatch a day or so before) so I took her in my house. I soaked her feet, put antibiotics on the blisters. Everything went away, so when it got to be 40F that weekend, I thought it’d be best to put her outside, I wanted her friends to remember her and not pick on her. A week later, it came apparent she would lose the tips of most of her toes. I worried as on two of her toes, the fourth phalange out was black. And as time went on and hey where to fall off, you could see the the bone of the third phalange out on her toes! I fretted she would get infection, decided to not bring her inside and just wrap up her bleeding toes. Being so cold, infection never came.

I decided this chicken needed a name, all of mine had names. I had gone through several names when she was a chick, none fit. At first she was Clairece, then Thirteen, and after I didn’t want those names, she ended up being ‘that brown chick’, and that didn’t work at all either. I watched a few TV shows at the time, and there was a Cameron on one and a Camille on the other. Both smart doctors. And over the course of time I had been treated the RIRs toes for frostbite, she turned super friendly, and very, very smart. I taught her several tricks, and she loved to stretch out in the sun on me. She talked too. So her name became Cam.

Right now, Cam is 17 weeks. She only has three nails left, and is missing two bones.

I had to share my Cam’s story. I had two RIRs before for a few months before giving them to a friend, but Cam was different. Rhode Islands are resilient, and super friendly. I hope yours will be as friendly and smart as my Cam.
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Pros: Great layers, loving, cares for other animals, lays for 3-4 years, affectionate, will protect chicks even if they aren't theirs or chickens!
Cons: non the RIR is perfect!
The RIR is the best chickens I have ever had and if you want chickens you need RIR's. They look out for each other and don't attack if bought up right. Will at least put up with other animals and like being ducks and other breeds of chickens. In my eyes they are perfect and instead of red-brown colouration you can sometimes get golden brown coloured hens. Perfect! If fed right and able to free rome during the day they will have big and great tasting eggs.
Pros: Good Layers, Good Natured
Cons: Nothing yet
We have 4 RIR hens that we have raised since chicks and will be a year old this month. Ours aren't lap chickens, but they love treats and will eat right out of your hand. They are dependable layers. And they are good natured to every chicken in our little flock. I will be keeping these girls for a while!
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Pros: "Curious, Loving, Good eggs, Good layers"
Cons: They are a little aggressive with Buff Orpington and thats all about them.
They are a really good chicken. The rooster is my favorite one. Nothing bad about them except for the aggressive part.
Pros: Great egg layers, fun to be around and smart birds
Cons: Can be a little mean sometimes
I have 4 wonderful Rhode Island Reds. They lay wonderful brown LARGE eggs. Sometimes we even get jumbo eggs and double yolkers.
Overall, these chickens are very fun to be around and they are very smart hens.
Occasionally, they can be mean, aseptically when they are broody.
A must for for a chicken flock!
Pros: Great layers even in winter, decent foragers, predator wary
Cons: Noisy- they like to talk a lot, not a great pet, take a little longer to start laying
Our experience is with a flock of 18 RIR hens, 3 RIR roos, and 2 Production Red hens, all in their first year (will be 1yr this spring).

The Rhode Island Reds took a while to start laying eggs, but once they did have been GREAT layers even in winter. We averaged 18 eggs a day with no supplemental lighting this winter. The RIR hens are laying about ¾ large, ¼ medium eggs with a couple XL thrown in. The smallest number of eggs from this flock on any given day this year was 13, the day after a hawk got one of the hens.

We have found the Rhode Island Reds to be an extremely noisy bird and not really friendly. The hens squawk and talk and blither blather all day and the Roosters love to crow quite often. This would not be a bird I recommend if you live in town with neighbors. We have not seen any people aggression within our flock, but we have found the RIR keep more of a business relationship than a friendship, compared to our production reds whom are very friendly. I don’t recommend Rhode Island Reds for pets because of this.

The Rhode Island Reds are great at free ranging, foraging, and being predator wary. The hens are very alert to their surroundings and the Roosters will warn the flock of aerial predators. (We found they improved on this as the matured). We have only lost two RIR hens. One just disappeared and the other was killed by a hawk. They prefer the covered areas of the pasture and move very fast through open areas, not wanting to linger. We have zero predator prevention measures except for locking them in the coop at night and having roosters.
Pros: lays every day, friendly, mine acts like a dog, alert, perky, and loving
Cons: I love the breed! No Cons!
I LOVE MY RIR she always lays for me (even in cold weather) Her name is Miss Red she is my best layer out of 1 of 3 birds. She sometimes thinks she's a dog when I call ''Miss Red, Miss Red".
I handle her everyday so she is totally calm in my hands when I hold her. I Love these birds and If you want and "sweet layer" get this bird! down below are some pics of her!

Miss Red close up

Miss Red in a stroller (she loves it)

Miss Red in a Santa suit for Christmas
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Pros: Friendly, quiet, non-aggressive, intelligent, great foragers, beautiful color, great layers of big brown eggs, are very good at remembering faces
Cons: Do not like later additions to a flock, are intolerant of confinement
In my first flock, there were three Rhode Islands from a Rural King and two gifted "RIR" from a Tractor Supply. One of those was an ISA Brown, and the other was a Red Sex Link. My two favorite hens were the Sex Link and a Rhode Island Red.

None of them ever resembled aggressive, and I never had to worry about them pecking my children. Benehime (a RIR hen) followed me all around our yard and loved being picked up and pet. She always sounded like was telling on me (Oh no you didn't!). Ginger (the Sex Link) grew to have beautiful bright orange plumage and was so docile with people that my four-year-old son could easily pick her up, hold her any which way, and she would just seem just as enthralled with him as he was with her.

While all were sexed as pullets, we still got one roo, who was eventually named Everything Is Awesome because he was just that awesome. Good rooster, gentle with the girls and growing even more gentle with them as he aged. Gorgeous, lovely bird and an extreme vicarious learner. I'm not sure if he had any instincts at all--just a big copycat :D If he saw anyone doing something, he would immediately attempt the same thing (didn't always work well, and he picked up a lot of bad habits from other roosters). He was extremely protective of the girls and didn't hesitate to charge animals that did not belong in the yard. He knew which cats were safe and which weren't and didn't put up with any "funny business" from neighborhood pets and strays. Never pecked or spurred anything, but the animals always knew he was serious enough that they left anyway.

Only problem I had was that they loved to get into my neighbor's yard, and he's pretty anal about his yard. Even with clipped wings, they could always find a way into his yard. Then my lovely roo picked up the obnoxious habit of crowing in the middle of the night (from another rooster), and I had to rehome them.

All of them were hand tame and would eat right from my hands (or my children's). Benehime and Ginger (the RSL) were the easiest to pick up and cuddle, but none of the RIR or mixes put up a fight when my children picked them up.
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Pros: Good Layers, Friendly
Cons: Bossy, Sometimes Skittish
I Love Rhode Islands, They Are Great Layers And Quite Friendly, I Like The RIRs Especially
Pros: Cute, nice, just flat out awesome (hens)
Cons: The roosters...
I have one RIR she is like a bff hen super nice I feel bad for her though cause the others get any treats we give them before her, the roosters are not nice though just a little too protective over their hens... Yep he had to go... Ps the RIR is less then a year old and is already a amazing layer EDIT the roosters run away that's why we don't have him anymore the dude is just gone
Pros: Good layer, dual purpose, nice, curious, large eggs, calm,
Cons: None
I have 4 RIR's and all are good layers. They follow me around all the time. They seem to do very good whether it be winter or summer. Decent sized chicken so they are dual purpose. Good egg layers of brown large eggs. They stay pretty calm. They are very curious and pretty good at foraging. In my opinion one of the best breeds out there overall.
Pros: Excellent layers of Lg/Ex Lg eggs. I get about 5 eggs per week from each.
Cons: A bit skittish and one of them is quite mean.
We currently have 4 RIR hens. All 4 of them are hearty and active and love to forage. They are great layers, all of them. Although they are social within the flock they don't care for people much. They're a bit skittish and 1 of the girls is quite mean. She will consistently peck my hand and tried to dive-bomb me once. Only once though because I promptly picked her up and carried her around the yard, for a bit, until she stopped fussing and was peaceful. Since then, she hasn't dive-bombed me but still pecks me often. LOL I would get more in the future because they're great layers and I think they're pretty birds. :)
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