Rhode Island White

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  • 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

    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.

    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 RedÂ’s 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 and 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.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Rose
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: Cold

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Aggressive,Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Noisy,Shy,Docile

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Clean, pure white.
    Breed Details:
    Rhode Island White- The Rhode Island White is only available as Rose Combed. The beak for the Rhode Island White is yellow. Legs and skin are yellow. Eyes are Green or Hazely. Large Fowl weights: Roosters weigh 8.5 pounds, hens weigh 6.5 pounds. Bantam weights: 34 ounces for a cock and 30 ounces for a hen at eighteen months of age The temperment of induvidual birds will vary greatly depending on sex, and method of raising.






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Recent User Reviews

  1. rhodyray
    "Outstanding hen view"
    Pros - Exactly what I want to know and read.
    I'd like to know where these hens were purchased so that when I restock my flock I'll know where to get them. Thanks a bunch. I'm from RI so there's nothing better than to find a hen that's on the population downslide and try to give it some life and future.
  2. Rancher3535
    "My line of Rhode Island Whites are true RIW's...."
    Pros - Great layers and great meat birds.
    Cons - I do not have any negative things to say.
    This line of Rhode Island Whites seem to be very gentle and easy going. They are great layers of mostly Ex-large, large and once in a while a medium sized egg. They are truly a dual purpose in every aspect of the word. They are a massive solid bird.

    When I dressed out some cockerels at 26 weeks old they came in at an average of 5 pounds. Mine line of Rhode Island Whites are not hatchery birds and are a true Heritage breed bred to the APA Standard for Rose Comb Rhode Island Whites.

    Cockerel at 7 months Pullet at 7 months
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    If you can find the true Rhode Island White you will love them for their great egg production, meat quality and personality.
    Diannastarr and 3riverschick like this.
  3. MeghanChickLady
    "Good egg layers, aggresive, medium size, not..."
    Pros - Large, beige eggs almost every day. Chickens are medium sized, dont require too much feed.
    Cons - Aggresive to both themselves, myself, my slikies; do not show signs of intelligence. Scream& screech loudly morning, noon, & night.
    My hens are extremely aggressive. They claim certain spots and attack any chickens who enter that spot, whether its the rooster, a silky, myself, or another RIW. Do tend to eat eggs if they aren't laid in the nesting box. When I feed them, I have to put the feed in several different spots, otherwise my RIW wont let the silkies or rooster eat. They claim the highest perch, forcing my silkies to be lower down, in the reach of predators. Kick dung and mud around a lot, at other chickens and into water dish.

    They do tend to go broody, often. Great egg producers, although one of them lays a double yoke every other egg. The RIW themselves are a close bunch, even if some of them do attack each other. If a predator attacked, they`d be more than able to defend themselves. They scream or screech whenever they see another animal, whether its myself, a squirrel, my dog, or a bird flying above. However annoying, this proves to alert the other chickens to danger if the animal poses a threat.

    Over all, they are an okay bird, though I do NOT recommend them to beginners.

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  1. rhodyray
    How did you buy them? I cannot find them anywhere unless they are straight run and I'm only interested in hens. I've tried to get Cackle Hatchery to save this rose comb breed but don't seem too interested. I think if they were to do this because it would be APA recognized the sale of this bird would skyrocket!
  2. Diannastarr
    my RIW are great birds they get what they need & are good at it but not aggressive at all , they get along well with all my other 75 hens of several different breeds they are single comb, and lay a large to x large brown egg, at first as they were growing it seems they were eating a lot more then my other breeds did ? food was their first priority always, but now as they turn one year old they are slowing on eating so much ,but still they are the first to hit the food bowls & last to leave, second to them are my Delaware's those 2 breeds seem to have food as their first priority no matter what , RIW are very people friendly by far above all my other breeds . I got them in a mixed breed order of the best egg layers from cackle hatchery. I am happy with them ..? nice sweet birds .
  3. dudefromtampa
    any cons to buying RIWs?
  4. hellbender
    Two questions...Why do you keep silkies with large fowl? How can predators get to ANY of your birds, low or high, if hte coop is closed at night?
  5. chicken king
  6. Whittni
    Do they have to have cusion combs or can they have singles like the red ones?

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