Rhode Island Red Chicken

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Other common names: RIR

The basics:
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
Broody: Occasionally
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

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