Chicken Breed Focus - New Hampshire

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    The New Hampshire is an American breed, developed beginning around 1910 in the New England states from the Rhode Island Red breed. The New Hampshire breeders selected for a vigorous dual purpose bird, one that would be early maturing, very fast growing, fast feathering, and producing a good table bird with hens having good egg laying ability. By the 1930’s they had successfully developed the New Hampshire to the extent where it was a popular breed choice for commercial egg production, used as crosses in the commercial broiler industry on the east coast, and were popular entries in the Chicken of Tomorrow contests which led to the development of the modern broiler industry.

    It was admitted to the APA in 1935 and are very popular as show birds today. The APA recognizes one color, that being a rich chestnut red with black tail feathers. Birds kept outdoors will often find their red color is prone to fading. They are found in several other colors, including blue and white in other countries.

    They are friendly birds with people, usually making good pets, and can be tamed fairly easily. They are good foragers and do well free ranging. They are vigorous and competitive and should be watched that they aren’t overly bossy with gentle breeds. They are quite cold hardy and good winter layers. The hens will go broody and are good mothers.

    Though often called New Hampshire Reds, the name of the breed is New Hampshire, with the name New Hampshire Red often being used to identify a hatchery New Hampshire / Rhode Island Red cross.
    There is a bantam New Hampshire, though it was developed primarily in the Netherlands.

    It was recognized by the APA in 1935.
    It is on The Livestock Conservancy's Watch list.

    Details:

    Breed purpose: Dual Purpose
    Comb Type: Single
    Broodiness: Occasional
    Climate Tolerance: Average, Cold Hardy
    Weight: roosters 8.5lbs, hens 6.5lbs
    Egg Productivity: Good 200-240 year
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: Brown

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    Chicks - pic by @lualshannon


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    New Hampshire rooster - pic by @Arizonachicken


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    New Hampshire rooster - pic by @kathyinmo


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    New Hampshire hen - pic by @Barred Rocker


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    New Hampshire hen sunning - pic by @little farmer

    BYC Breed reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/new-hampshire-red

    General breed discussions & FAQ threads:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/581950/german-new-hampshire/1620_20
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/290040/new-hampshire-breed-thread/280_20
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/738646/new-hampshire-red-thread/180_20


    Do you own New Hampshires? Are you a New Hampshire breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
     
  2. N F C

    N F C just blowing in the wind Premium Member Project Manager

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    Those roosters sure are handsome.

    Another interesting breed to learn about, thanks Sumi!
     
  3. luvmigirls

    luvmigirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very pretty! Didnt know they were their own distinct breed. Even APA recognized since 1935! Great informative article.
     
  4. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice looking birds
    Cheers
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Beautiful Birds!
     
  6. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    Love this breed. Temperment, looks etc. The leader of my flock is this breed of rooster. Gorgeous. Aerial predators think twice about him--big and red. I had a hen which gave me many many eggs for a year and a half..but as a result she succumbed to internal laying issues. They are cold-hardy bodily...but the combs do not make it in harsh cold winters. I only wish they weren't single comb...I would get more.
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Nice breed, I've had some hatchery ones from McMurray, easy to get along with in general, the girls are good layers.. One interesting thing is the hens tend to lay a lot more of the "purplish" eggs / ones with a lot of bloom on them than the other breeds (no idea why), always fun to get those.
    X4 the roosters are gorgeous.
    Old picture of a couple of four month old McM birds.
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  8. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Chicken Obsessed

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    Gorgeous birds! I, like others, hadn't realized they'd been around so long! I guess I knew they were a breed, bred for production, but I had thought they were a relatively new breed. 1935! Wow!
     
  9. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you for high lighting this sometimes over looked breed...I think the result of typically being overshadowed by the Production Red and RIR.

    Your description matches my experience perfectly. I purchased a breeder quality New Hampshire and really enjoyed her, so my one experience is limited but sounds typical of the breed.

    She never went broody for me, but she was friendly, gentle, though could be a bit pushy with timid birds, and a good overall layer of really large eggs even in winter. (I got my biggest egg ever from her). Nice size girl. Had one of the worst molts ever at 2 years of age, worthy of a BYC photo shoot. We retired her at 3 years of age to a friend's farm as my focus is on egg output, and she was still laying well but "older" but I've ever regretted doing so.

    It is a breed I need to return to as I've worked my way through my own cornucopia of breed experience.

    Thanks for sharing about this lovely breed, and yes, gorgeous photos.

    Here's my biggest egg from that grand girl I had.

    LofMc

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  10. N F C

    N F C just blowing in the wind Premium Member Project Manager

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    Wow, that is a whopping big egg!
     

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