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. This is my Patty when she was a pullet.