Other common names: RIR
The Rhode Island Red Chicken is a heritage breed which is one of the most popular backyard chickens because of its friendly nature, hardiness and egg laying ability. The breed originated in Massachusetts and Rhode Island during the 1880's and 1890's. It's ancestors include Brown Leghorns, Javas, Malays, and Shanghai.
Note: today, many Rhode Island Red Chickens sold by hatcheries are actually Production Red Chickens. These birds are smaller in size, lighter in color, lay more eggs, are less likely to brood, and the males are known to be aggressive.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single & Rosecomb): Red
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Bantam: 30 - 34 oz
Largefowl: 6.5 - 8.5
Personality: Friendly and social, makes a great backyard pet
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra Large
What else you should know:
Rose comb fowl are less likely to suffer from frostbitten combs, and should be considered if you live in a colder climate.
calm, novice chicken ownerbreeder, steady layers, excellent meat chickens, free range chickens
mean rooster, little flighty, aggressive tendencies
Super friendly bird, heritage lines, dark mahogany color, beautiful brown eggs, small working farmstead
Our grumpiest chickens
We had a mixture of Rhode Island Red hens and roosters. As these chickens got older, they became increasingly more aggressive. In fact, we actually parted with a few of our roosters because we found them to be too nasty (for us and the other chickens). These chickens are a pretty reddish brown color. They lay brown eggs of a decent size almost daily. Their meanness probably correlates to their toughness in some way. These are the hardiest of the chickens that we own. While I would not recommend these if you want a cuddly chicken who wants to be your friend or if you're getting chickens for the first time, I do think they do better in the cold than our other varieties. .
From Aphebus Jun 17 2018 2:10AM
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 93 days ago
Good Layers but Challenging
Where do I begin? Owning chickens was a nightmare! Keep in mind I used to love chickens, but that was before we acquired two full coops of the feathery beasts. My mom thought it would be a great idea to raise chickens from eggs, then eventually sell their eggs to a local co-op for some extra money.
It was exciting to bring home the boxes of fertilized eggs and even more exciting when those eggs eventually hatched and we had tons of fluffy chicks running about. It was when they were old enough to be transported to their chicken coops that things got hairy (erm, feathery?).
It was my job to collect the eggs and tend to the chickens. The biggest downsides to this was 1) chickens are the most stupid animals I’ve ever encountered and were constantly fighting with each other or escaping from their pen 2) it’s really hard to keep chickens safe from prey when on a farm.
The egg business was going well and I begrudgingly kept taking care of all the chickens’ needs until one night foxes from our nearby woods broke into the coops and killed every last chicken!
If you’re considering keeping some hens for their eggs, make sure they are completely secure so you don’t have a similar massacre on your hands..
From BethMiller May 26 2015 11:47AM