Other common names: New Hampshire Red; NHR
In the early 1900’s the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Stations sought to create a Rhode Island Red chicken that produced more meat that matured faster. This resulted in the creation of the New Hampshire standard breed. There is also a smaller New Hampshire bantam breed.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Chestnut
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Bantam: 30 - 34 oz
Largefowl: 6.5 - 8.5 lbs
Personality: Gentle and friendly
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra Large
What else you should know:
Hatchery quality and poor bred individuals are often lighter in weight, and have been known to have aggressive personalities.
excellent layers, Good Family Chicken, real dualpurpose bird, 4H showmanship bird, great quality eggs
somewhat agitated rooster
floppy comb, magnificent hens, chicken coop, slugs, German bloodline
New Hampshire Reds are a hardy, general chicken
I've kept chickens for most of my life, I like the red variety as they look like a classic bird and tend to get on quite well in the pecking order. My chicken lays a golden brown medium sized egg, it is a particularly small New Hampshire Red bird so I'm aware that the egg size is usually larger. Melanie is fully feathered and doesn't tend to malt in the summer unlike other birds. She is quite a broody hen, so once to twice a year we sit her on fertilized eggs and allow her to hatch. New Hampshire's are fantastic mothers and continue to be up to 4 months into their baby chick's life, teaching them the integral skills needed to survive the pecking order. One top tip, if you are considering keeping cockerels ensure you have them kept in a space away from neighbors as their crowing is extremely loud..
From sarahabbott195 Jul 8 2015 1:11PM
Annoying to set up but worth it!
As everyone probably knows, having water always accessible to your chickens is important for their health, but also their egg production. In the south at least, a common issue is your waterer freezing up and having to bust it and re-fill it multiple times a day in the winter. It can be expensive and annoying to install, but a heated waterer is so worth it. It keeps the water from freezing and your flock will always have access to water on it. I only had mine give out on me a couple times over the course of 5-6 years and it saved me enough hassle that I'd consider it worth it..
From Jordan Paul 32 days ago
Bigger, Less Flighty
This chicken was less flighty than my rhodies but not as friendly as my sexlinks. She was bigger too than either and probably could be used as a dual purpose bird though I didn't try that as she died of disease. Produced fairly well large oblong light brown eggs. She was not as hardy however as my others..
From hisfarmgirl May 12 2014 10:35AM