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
Rhode Island Reds are well-known for their ability to produce ample amounts of eggs in their lifetime. Our red is no exception to this rule. If you are looking for a beautiful bird that will put sunny eggs on your table on a regular basis, this is your gal. Rhode Island Reds aren't as aggressive as I would have thought they would be, based on some of the information I've found. They aren't the friendliest either. Our Rhode Island Red is a free-ranger and she must be quite savvy because she has survived for quite a long time as opposed to some of the other, less lucky, hawk victims. Rhode Island Reds are all business, no fuss, egg-making machines. Get your roadside stand ready, because she will keep it well stocked for you! .
From annieanalaigh Jan 8 2019 7:23PM
Always provide access to fresh water
Chickens are messy. Their water gets dirty quick. This can be a problem because chickens will usually only drink clean drinking water, like the majority of us. They need water in order to lay eggs so I would change their water around twice a day. Once in the morning then in the evening. Its a simple task and will keep the chickens happy, healthy, and laying plenty of eggs!.
From AmberForsythe17 19 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