Rhode Island

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
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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. Chullicken
    "Beautiful Birds"
    Pros - Stunning coloration, Great work ethic, hardy
    Cons - Can be mean-spirited to flockmates
    They do well in a run, pastured or free ranged with great egg laying ability all year round. Easily cared for and very undemanding though they are known to be aggressive with other flock mates. Well worth trying them out and come in two varieties, Commerical and Heritage.
    Purchase Price:
    $3.99 per piece
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  2. Kristen Spohn
    "Perfect for Egg Production"
    Pros - Lays Year round except for their short yearly molt, intelligent, lovely color
    Cons - Prone to flightiness if not tamed as a chick, non-setter
    Rhode Island Reds are dependable layers of large red-ish brown eggs. They make a great pet if tamed at a young age. I would not recommend raising them for meat or for sitting on eggs. They do well in cold weather if a shelter/heat source is available. On a scale of “not cold” hardy-“cold hardy” they are in the middle.
    All round they are very nice birds:)
    Purchase Price:
    $3.00 as chicks $30.00 for full grown hens
    Purchase Date:
  3. Ashley McDaniel
    "Best Tasting Eggs!"
    Pros - Big brown egg everyday, quiet, docile, very vocal, friendly, large, consistent, dependable.
    Cons - My Rosie had a prolapsed vent, and had to be put down due to the infection at just 18 months of age. The vet said that this is common in high production chickens. No other cons.
    My Rhode Island's are very docile and sweet, Big Red even lets me hold her and pet her. Everyday I know I'm going to find big brown eggs from these girls. If you're in it for the eggs, these are your go-to girls!
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    Purchase Date:
    October 2017

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  1. kariejohnson
    I loved every Rhode Island we've had! I have one now I love so much her name is actually Favorite. :)
  2. millermcnutt
    I found a good home for my RIR rooster. He was too aggressive so someone took him and made a pet of him. They didn't have any other chickens, so he is becoming a PET whether he likes it or not.
  3. ShaggyRay
    Rhode Island Reds come in Rose comb as well as single comb. The first picture in the gallery is one.
  4. ScottKelly1974
    My 5 month old rooster is being stubborn. He wants to still sleep in the nest boxes. The rest are sleeping on the perches.
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  5. Sue E.
    Mine like to have their backs scratched.
    1. Sipplchicks
      Mine love it too!
      Sipplchicks, Jan 1, 2018
  6. moco27
    I got rid of mine. They are too aggressive in my flock. They laid well, I like the color and foraged fine.
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  7. moco27
    I got rid of mine. They are too aggressive in my flock. They laid well, I like the color and foraged fine.
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  8. moco27
    I got rid of mine. They are too aggressive in my flock. They laid well, I like the color and foraged fine.
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  9. 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.
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  10. 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.
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