Rhode Island

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
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    Breed Temperament:
    Aggressive,Friendly,Flighty,Easily handled,Calm,Noisy
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    The Rhode Island Red is only recognised in Red.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    Most often when one thinks of Rhode Island Reds they are thinking of the Large Fowl Rhode Island Red as it is one of the oldest known breeds of chicken and was developed mainly in Rhode Island and Massachusetts in the mid 1840's.
    The first birds were bred in Little Compton, RI with the use of a Black Breasted Red Malay cock who was imported from England. This Rooster can actually still be seen on display in the Smithsonian Institution as the father of the breed.
    The breed was accepted into the American Poultry Association in 1904.
    A monument funded by the Rhode Island Red Club of America was erected in Little Compton and today is listed on the national register of historic places. It can be seen here:
    The Rhode Island Red is the State Bird of Rhode Island.
    The breed was developed to withstand the harsh New England winters and be a very hardy bird who produced hens with excellent large egg yields and who also would dress out well and look nice on the table, a true dual purpose bird.
    While the names and places of origin are the same, the Rhode Island White is actually a distinct breed separate from the Rhode Island Red per the American Poultry Association.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Rose/Single
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: Cold

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

    Breed Temperament:
    Aggressive,Friendly,Flighty,Easily handled,Calm,Noisy

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    The Rhode Island Red is only recognized in Red.
    Breed Details:
    The Rhode Island Red- Large Fowl and Bantam are available as both Single Combed and Rose Combed. The red should be a deep, dark Mahogany or Rust color, the darker the better. Some birds can be so dark as to appear black from a distance, both sexes have black tails with a "beetle" green sheen. The body is best known as being "Brick" shaped for both Rhode Island Reds and Rhode Islands Whites for both Large Fowl and Bantam. The legs are clean and feather free. The skin and feet are yellow. The eyes are red orange. The beak for the Rhode Island Red LF and Bantam is Reddish Brown. Large Fowl weights as follows: Pullet 5 1/2 pounds, cockeral 7 1/2 pounds, hen 6 1/2 pounds and cock 8 1/2 pounds. Bantam weights: 34 ounces for a cock and 30 ounces for a hen at eighteen months of age Eggs- Eggs are always brown (From all varieties) and range from light to dark in color, large in size for the Large Fowl. Not uncommon for first year LF laying hens to have eggs too big to shut into a carton. Eggs are known for hatching well. Rhode Island Reds can be fiesty and a little hot tempered. Especially the cockeral but if handled a lot from early on and won over with treats they can make lovely back yard chickens who tolerate roomy confinement well. Temperments differ greatly between induvidual birds depending on sex, and method of raising.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Phaedra Winters
    "Amazing Personality and Gorgeous"
    Pros - My rooster is the sweetest and most perfect boy, always behaved perfectly and is like a little baby to me. My hen is also loving and cuddly
    Cons - Very huge rooster
    My hens and rooster of this breed are not only loving and cuddly but also gorgeous! I simply adore Rhode Island Reds and I think I will always have one among my other breeds in the future. The only downside being how huge my rooster is, he is perfectly well behaved so no issues he just takes up a lot of space and may not be the best for those who don't have a whole ton of room for big birds like he is.
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  2. black_dove2
    "My one is very gentle & quiet"
    Pros - Great layer that hasn't missed a day. Gentle and quiet.
    Cons - Doesn't like to be handled
    A little skittish
    campaign_image.jpg Raised with Danish Brown of same age. She'll come to me when I go to feed them. She's not often big cackler. When she does I check on her because it's usually a cat or mockingbird near their run.

    She's been great throughout hot 110+ weather here in the desert. Isn't bothered by constant strong winds and gusts. Doesn't try to leave the run.
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  3. jhall1255
    "Started with RIRs"
    Pros - Greater layer, pretty, large eggs easy to take care of
    Cons - Loud, aggressive, annoying sometimes
    When we started out with chickens I had no idea what I was getting when I went to TSC because I didn’t know what was in stock. We purchased 3 cinnamons and 3 RIRs. The RIRs always let me handle them while they were babies and were very curious and Intelligent compared to the cinnamons. However now that they are older we only have two of each breed and one of the reds is to put it nicely a terror. I’ve seen her charge and knock over the other chickens, she crows like a rooster in the mornings. She’s very loud and likes to hog the nesting boxes and gets crazy loud when the other girls go into the coop while she’s nesting. When I go in to change their food and water she chases after me pecking and has “bit “ my arm before and left a scar. However they all get along fine and we haven’t had any issues the last 7 months but I don’t like her that much. My other three are docile and sweet but don’t like to be held. I wouldn’t get this breed again personally.
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User Comments

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  1. moco27
    I got rid of mine. They are too aggressive in my flock. They laid well, I like the color and foraged fine.
  2. moco27
    I got rid of mine. They are too aggressive in my flock. They laid well, I like the color and foraged fine.
  3. moco27
    I got rid of mine. They are too aggressive in my flock. They laid well, I like the color and foraged fine.
  4. ScottKelly1974
    This is my first RIRs. My RIR are 13 weeks old this sunday and monday. I was certain one is a male and two are females, but the tail feathers on the two females are curving down, and the male does not. Is this normal for RIR?

    The reason I think they are one male and two females is because the male has a big comb and waddles. The females still show no significant development for their comb.
  5. 3-Bearss
    Today we lost our RIR pullet Rosie ... yesterday and the day before our 20 lbs Eastern Wild turkey tom Houdini decided to try and mate her (He went to freezer camp early as he is for Christmas) After getting Rosie warm and dry she seemed to come back very well then this morning she was in the run dead. Not sure if one of the Roos stressed her or latent Turkey stress. She was 6 months old and had not started laying yet.
    Now we have 2 RIR cockerels (6 months old) and no RIR hen.
  6. Bronco rob 94
    They will love on you
  7. ScottKelly1974
    Mine are just about nine weeks old. One is a male and the others are females. They seem to get along just fine and allow me to come near and pick them up. I have a Cinnamon Queen hen. That is produced from breeding a RIR and White RIR. I think they would make a great starter flock.
  8. Cult-of-Trajan
    I have 2 RIR hens (Ginger & Ruby). They are VERY aggressive when the bag of mealworms comes out! Ginger lays a very light brown almost-spherical egg, Ruby lays a more oval medium-brown egg. They're both 6mos old & very entertaining. Ginger will fall asleep if I put her in my lap and stroke her throat gently.
  9. robinSnest63
    My 3 RIR are very good girls you can pet and hold them...they all follow my granddaughter and loves her attention...beautiful hens
  10. black_dove2
    My RIR and Danish Brown are the same age. My friend bought two for herself as well as mine from C& J Feed Barn in Yucca Valley at a week old.

    The RIR has always been a quite bird but did bully the Brown as pullets. Brown is very vocal and has been laying for a month and has been allowing me to handle her. Red 'sister' at friends started laying last week 22 weeks old. Mine not yet.

    She doesn't like to be handled any more and now the brown is the dominant one. She is also very protective of the red. If I am handling the red she tries to interfere especially if red is distressed. I also think it may be similar to interfering with the attention of a rooster towards a different hen.

    I made a great choice and am very pleased with her. Just getting a little tired of twiddling my thumbs while waiting on eggs.

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