Are New Hampshire Reds Docile or Aggressive?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by AzaleaParkFarm, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. AzaleaParkFarm

    AzaleaParkFarm New Egg

    Oct 30, 2012
    I read somewhere that NHR were more docile than RIRs. I have since read the opposite. I have two of each coming in my newest chicken shipment. Can some NHR owners give me some clarity? I've had RIR for years, but I found them a bit aggressive towards the Barred Rocks. Any help here would be greatly appreciated!
  2. JessHeller

    JessHeller Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 7, 2015
    Longmont Colorado
    My NHR, Mathilda, is the sweetest of my 4 chicken flock. She is on the lowest rung of the pecking order but she doesn't let it get her down. She cackles and makes a fuss each time she lays an egg and I lover her flappy comb. She is not at all aggressive although she was holding her own pretty well yesterday with the new treat ball I hung up for them. Here she is leading the group up the stairs to check out that days treat[​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2016
  3. shellikirbey

    shellikirbey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2016
    Eldorado Springs, Mo
    My new Hampshire red is as dicile as my silkie..on the other hand my Delaware is mean to the new Hampshire and she doesn't fight back she just bareys her head
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Heritage bred New Hampshires are not typically aggressive. Hatchery sourced Production Reds that are light enough to have the label New Hampshire Red, are an entirely different thing. Hatchery birds are not bred for temperament, so you never know what your birds are going to be like.

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