The Rhodebar is a rare British breed developed around 1950. There were apparently several strains developed at that time by a number of breeders, all of whom had the objective of creating an auto-sexing breed that was also an excellent egg layer. Breeds used in the creation of the Rhodebar included primarily Rhode Island Reds, Barred Plymouth Rocks and Golden Brussbars, Brussbars themselves being an auto-sexing breed developed from Barred Plymouth Rocks and Brown Sussex. Rhode Island Reds have been used again more recently to improve egg laying ability and type in the breed. Because the Rhodebar was developed at the beginning of the commercial hybrid era, it only had a brief period of popularity before fading into obscurity. They are a very rare breed today in both the UK and in the US, to where they were imported around 2011. Rhodebars are sturdy single combed, yellow skinned birds. Adult hens are primarily reddish barred in color and the males are very attractive multi-colored barred birds. The chicks should be easily sexable at hatch, with the males having lighter blond colored spotted down and females brown chipmunk striped down. Rhodebar hens are excellent layers, producing 250 or so large brown eggs a year. They have calm temperaments and are generally not aggressive. They are considered a good choice for the small homesteader or for free ranging flocks, and especially anyone who wishes to be able to identify cockerels early on. The cockerels do make a fine, slow growing table bird. Details: Breed purpose: Dual Purpose Egg Layer Comb Type: Single Broodiness: Occasional Climate Tolerance: Good, cold hardy Weight: Roosters 8 lbs, Hens 6 lbs. Egg Productivity: Very Good Egg Size: Large Egg Color: Brown BYC Breed reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/rhodebar Link to the General breed discussions & FAQ thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/582327/the-rhodebar-thread/0_20 Rhodebar Rooster @stoneunhenged Rhodebar flock @clucktail Rhodebar Hen @maindobe Rhodebar Hen @nicalandia Rhodebar Chicks @stoneunhenged Do you own Rhodebars? Are you a Rhodebar 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!