While the names and place of origin are the same, the Rhode Island White is actually a distinctly different breed from the Rhode Island Red.
- Breed Purpose:
- Dual Purpose
- Climate Tolerance:
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Breed Temperament:
- Aggressive,Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Noisy,Shy,Docile
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Clean, pure white.
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
The Rhode Island White was developed in 1888 by Mr. J. Alonzo Jocoy of Peacedale, Rhode Island. He developed the breed by crossing White Wyandottes with Partridge Cochins and Rose Comb White Leghorns. In 1903, Mr. Jocoy made the breed known to the public and offered individuals for sale. The breed continued to be developed and improved so that it more closely resembled the Rhode Island Reds brick-like body shape. Fairly popular up until the 1960's it is now considered a uncommon-moderately rare breed.
The breed was admitted into the APA in 1922.
The standard only accepts rose comb Rhode Island White.
The crossing of a Rhode Island Red and a Rhode Island White will result in Red Sex-Link offspring, meaning offspring that can be sexed by down color alone at hatch. Males are white, females are red.