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Rhode Island

Average User Rating:
4.06897/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    Cold
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    Brown
    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:
    American
    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:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhode_Island_Red_(sculpture)
    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:
    High
    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. Jetblack2004
    5/5,
    "Great bird to keep!"
    Pros - Great layers, hens friendly, intelligent, not flighty
    Cons - Not broody often, can pick on younger ones
    I love this breed. I started with four hens and a cockerel. They are beautiful and very friendly. I had read that cockerels are aggressive but I haven't ever had a problem. The hens are excellent layers. The eggs are a nice brown colour and good-sized. I struggled to find Cons with this breed but the hens can pick on younger hens. Other than that this breed is great and I highly recommend it!
    Overall:
    5
  2. lutherpug
    2/5,
    "Not a good choice for my flock"
    Pros - Great layers and hardy birds
    Cons - Bullies more docile breeds
    My RIR, Waffles, is a perfectly lovely bird in that she is healthy, curious, and a great layer. That said, she will be my last RIR. She's been at the root of every flock dynamic issue that we've had. She relentlessly bullied my poor Australorp until I introduced 3 new pullets and now she relentlessly terrorizes them. I wouldn't recommend them to anyone who wants to keep a mixed flock, especially in a backyard situation where space is limited. Who has room for a bully when there are so many wonderful breeds?
    Overall:
    2.5
  3. Pendergast
    4/5,
    "Old standby"
    Pros - Friendly, social, kind
    Cons - Laying severely slowed at 2 years of age
    Buy them and try them. Rhode Island Reds are my easiest chickens to handle, and they're always excited to see me. They don't get into trouble and don't stress as easily as some of my other chickens. Hardy and kind.
    Overall:
    4

User Comments

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  1. coop410silkies
    I have a few, too, and I am quite fond of them. They take care of and comport themselves well, the hens are excellent layers, and the roos do the work they are intended while getting along with each other with reasonable peace and order. The Roos are NOT human aggressive, and the hens are friendly and intelligent, some bonding tightly and loyally to their owner/guardian. I got mine from Cackle.
  2. ZachyWachy
    l have one hen, quite sure that she almost always lays an egg(we have 13 other hens so it is a little hard to tell, but l have a hunch) and never have to worry about her when it comes to climate or predators.
  3. ECarter1217
    i have 2 hens love them to bits RIR's rock
  4. Cerise1924
    Sorry Waffles is so naughty! @lutherpug I'm very glad you posted your review and follow-up comment. I hadn't heard that about red breeds, but (because of my Red Stars) I do end up complaining a lot about my "Red Devils," lol. If I hadn't read your review, I might have gotten more RIRs based on sweet Tasha, but I am not in a big hurry to do that, now. I like gentle chickens, too. Thanks for your posts.
  5. lutherpug
    That's interesting @Cerise1924 ! I had read that the red breeds are more prone to bullying behaviors but I decided to take a chance on Waffles and she is just a mess. I've also read that there is a temperament difference between hatchery birds versus buying from a breeder. Waffles was a hatchery bird and maybe she just has nasty parents-who knows? Personally, I prefer gentle chickens so she is just not my cup of tea. I can handle her fine but most of my flock is terrified of her. My Dominique is the only one who doesn't let her get away with it.
  6. Cerise1924
    That is so interesting to hear @lutherpug ! I love my RIR, because she is the one hen among my layers who is NOT a bully. My Red Stars are great layers, but they relentlessly chased and bullied my Silkies, whom I quickly separated, and they also go after my gentle Black Copper Maran. My RIR, who was raised with the Red Stars, will not engage in the bullying. More and more, she distances herself from the bullies, and hangs out peacefully with the Maran and the peahen. I don't know whether my RIR is the exception to the rule or whether yours is... or if there is no rule. It's just interesting that we have had opposite experiences with this breed.
  7. FourShuesFarm
    So RIR's are bullies. Good to know. I have 13 RIR chicks, and have 24 Breese eggs in the incubator. Going to be a intresing summer indeed.
  8. Richie
    Sorry, I didn't realize that. I thought it was about roosters and their personalities. I could see where it would be confusing
  9. kajira
    This was confusing, since it was supposed to be a rewview on RIR ;o
  10. Egg - Static
    My RIR's actually are the less dominate hens of my flock.

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