Chicken Breed Focus Rhode Island White

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by cmom, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I wanted to start a thread on the Rhode Island Whites. There are a few people that breed them and there are some hatchery's too. My birds originally came from Sand Hill Preservation. I actually brought them from someone who had gotten them from there but decided they didn't want RIW's, so I took them. Over the years I have been selectively breeding my best birds. They are friendly birds.
    The Rhode Island White is a dual purpose breed and should only have rose combs. It is a moderately-sized, white birds, males weighing 8 1/2 lbs. and females 6 1/2 lbs. They have long, broad, and deep bodies which are carried horizontally, giving them an oblong and brick-like appearance. The Rhode Island Whites should have the same distinctive body carriage as the Rhode Island Reds. Their heads are fairly deep and are inclined to be flat on top rather than round. Though some single combed offspring do occasionally occur, the breed has been standardized only with a rose shaped comb.The beak of the Rhode Island White is yellow, legs and skin are also yellow. this breed have been known to more typically lay in the range of 240-250 eggs per year. They are good meat fowl and excellent layers of winter eggs. Rhode Island Whites are pleasant, easy going chickens and would make an enjoyable addition to any family farm. The Rhode Island White chicken continues to have its followers but not nearly as popular as the Rhode Island Reds.
    Here are a few pictures.
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    This is my Patty when she was a pullet.
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  2. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for sharing that! They are beautiful birds
     
  3. chickens r life

    chickens r life Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2x agreed! How hard is it to find one of them for sale?
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Getting Rhode Island Whites is not particularly difficult as a number of hatcheries including Cackle Hatchery and Sand Hill Preservation Center sell them. However, getting show quality RIWs that measure up to SOP standards is another problem entirely.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    There aren't many people who breed them. I do show my RIWs and haven't gotten any champions with them yet,but have gotten Best of Breed.I have had mine for quite a few years.I tried to include a picture but my phone isn't cooperating.[​IMG] I think I did it.
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    You did it. You have some beautiful RIWs. :eek:)
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I thought I'd post a picture of my Patty. She absolutely loves my husband and when I let the birds out she goes looking for him.
    She is 3 years old.
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  8. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow, she is a very pretty bird! So sweet!
     
  9. Michael OShay

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    X2 on Bridebeliever's post. :eek:)
     
  10. Diannastarr

    Diannastarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love my RI Whites mine are young just 14 weeks ,i look forward to them laying their first eggs , mine are sweet with good temperaments i love this breed , so here are a few pics of my RIW ,its so cute to see them all come running when they see me, im glad i have the opportunity to get to know this breed , [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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