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 Chicks - pic by @lualshannon New Hampshire rooster - pic by @Arizonachicken New Hampshire rooster - pic by @kathyinmo New Hampshire hen - pic by @Barred Rocker 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!