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Rhode Island Red Questions

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Saminku, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. Saminku

    Saminku Hatching

    Dec 4, 2008
    hi guys iam new to the forum but i might be getting some rhode island reds and i wanted to ask some questions

    1.are they aggressive?
    2.how good of an egg layer are the hens?
    3.do the hens make good mommies?
    4.and how often do the hens go broody?

    any help will be appricated & could you also post pics of some of your rhode island reds
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    From my limited experience.

    I have 4 RIRs..

    I do have one that is rather aggressive and I can imagine she would be mean to newcomers.

    Most of my RIR lay 5 eggs a week.

    Haven't had any go broody yet, so I haven't tested one as a mommy.

    If I ever have one go broody, I'll have to get some hatching eggs

    And BTW:welcome
  3. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    Up at the barn
    I kept "Rhodies" for many years and most of my roosters were more aggressive than, say, my Buff Rocks. They were never cuddle bunnies. My hens laid an average of 200-250 eggs a year apiece, but they were not a production line. It's been my experience that a broody red is very rare indeed. I think I had 2-3 go broody in all the time I kept RIRs, but those girls were good mothers.

  4. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    2 of my friendliest roo's are BIG rirs ,,1 even runs to me, and stands next to me till i pick him up and scratch his head. the girls lay really good,,,, and i havent had 1 go broody, so cant comment on that.
  5. Saminku

    Saminku Hatching

    Dec 4, 2008
    thanks alot guys this has really helped this is my first time owning any except for my moms silkies which we both take care of
  6. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    I got RIR and EE's because I was told not to expect a RIR to go broody and Im hoping that one day one of the EE's will. As for personality I think it depends on the bird, my RIR roo isnt friendly or terribly agressive. Im still training him to respect me but I dont want him too friendly, I want him to do his job. Some of them have no problem standing next to me, only one will let me pick her up and a couple just stay away from me. I think I still have 1 EE and 1 RIR who have not laid but I cant be sure.

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