New Hampshire Reds Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Shoshana, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. Shoshana

    Shoshana Out Of The Brooder

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    I am planning on starting a flock in the spring and am debating between Javas and NHRs for a dual purpose flock. I have read that NHRs grow fairly quickly and to a nice size a bit on the bigger side and lay large, brown eggs. It also says that they go broody often, which is something I want since I plan on free range and hen raising rather than incubating eggs. However, I was reading some posts about NHRs here on BYC and a lot of people are saying that these days NHRs are bred more for their layer traits than meat since 'falling out of favor and becoming a heritage breed', which implies that they don't go broody too often and are leaner than 'the standard'. I was wondering what your experience with NHRs is in terms of size and broodiness, general temperament, etc.
     
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Well I think that New Hampshire are a good all round breed IF you get them from a good breeder.. The New Hampshire that you get from the hatcheries are not good for much but laying eggs.
    The New Hampshire should weigh around 8.5 lbs for males and 6.5 lbs for the hens.. The skin color is yellow and lay a brown egg. The temperament I would is good and are known to go broody.

    The New Hampshire was bread from Rhode Island Reds and there is no record of any other outside blood having been introduced..
    They should mature early, lay large brown eggs, quick to feather and have good strength and vigor..

    Chris
     
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  3. TimG

    TimG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been sort of casually looking out for a good source for New Hampshire Reds that could be used as a dual purpose bird. I haven't found anything despite my proximity to New Hampshire!

    Another breed you might look at is the Brahma. I recently met a couple that raises Brahma every year, the roosters go to the freezer in the fall and the hens are kept for one year of egg production and then go into the freezer with the roosters the following year. They are happy with the egg production and the meat. Unlike you, they incubate eggs, but the breed is supposed to be on the broody side.
     
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  4. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This fella Bill Braden advertises that he has New Hampshires. If he is still raising them they will be good ones.

    I called him a year or so ago and he was not selling chicks as he was trying to build his flock.

    By the way (I know I am being picky here) these birds are called New Hampshires, I know that even many hatcheries refer to them as New Hampshire Reds but the APA standard does not include "Reds"

    Please I am not being snarky it is just that sometimes RIR breeders get touchy if the word Red is used to describe the New Hampshire breed
     
  5. TimG

    TimG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks, I appreciate the correction. Though I don't care one little bit whether the RIR breeders get touchy. [​IMG]
     
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    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks, I appreciate the correction. Though I don't care one little bit whether the RIR breeders get touchy. [​IMG]

    OUCH that left a little mark LOL
     
  7. MAllen

    MAllen Get In The Game

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    I can't speak for broodiness as I incubate all of my hatching eggs, but I can speak for the size, beauty, & temperment of NHR. O'yea, I don't eat them... so can't comment on that either. Here's a photo of my rooster, Amos. I dunno how much he weighs but my guess is that he is on the heavy side of the standard, his breast is REALLY BIG, and here's the thing... he's only 30'ish weeks old in this photo!! Takes GREAT care of the flock, I've not lost a single hen to a hawk and we have lots of them. Takes great pride in performing his duties, wants to do'um all... even the ducks! I'm hatching eggs he helped poduce now. I don't have any pure NHR hens, only Buff & RIR.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    I believe your bird is a RIR x Buff Orp cross MAllen. It's legs are white, not yellow.
     
  9. MAllen

    MAllen Get In The Game

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    Believe whatcha want, the lady I bought him from said NHR.
     
  10. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Just saying...have a look at the standards.

    NHR are supposed to have yellow legs. White legs show a white-skinned breed influence.

    Either way, he is a beautiful bird.
     

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