Other common names: RIW;Production Rhode Island White Chicken
The Rhode Island White Chicken was developed in Rhode Island in the late 1880's. It was created by crossing Cochin, White Wyandotte and White Leghorn chickens. The Rhode Island White Chicken was first accepted into the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection in 1922. It also appears in a bantam size.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Rose & Single Comb) White
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Bantam: 30 - 34 oz
Largefowl: 6.5 - 8.5 lbs
Personality: These are easy going birds, that sometimes have a bit of spunk
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Jumbo
What else you should know:
Individuals that have single combs are production hatchery fowl, and do not represent the American Standard of Perfection.
egg production, lovely dual purpose, meat bird, friendliest breed, personalities
confinement, Slightly smaller chicken
4H children, brownorange tinted eggs
Although I've raised chickens for more than 25 years, this is my first experience raising Rhode Island Whites. I hatched 17 chicks in the spring and I've been raising them ever since. They are now just over 3 months old and have taken on their own personalities. They are the friendliest breed of chicken I've ever raised. They are quite social and will eat right out of our hands.
The hens are considerably smaller than the roosters, and they tend to stay together most of the time. My hens are also more timid and less inclined to hang out with humans than the roosters are. They are too young to lay eggs yet, but I do know that they will lay large brown eggs.
I only have one complaint with the breed. Some of my hens want to roost on top of the coop instead of going inside the hen house at night. It's a struggle chasing them off the roof and into the coop each evening. This may be due to overcrowding, since I need to get rid of a few chickens. I'm not positive it's a problem with the breed in particular, so don't let it keep you from owning some Rhode Island Whites of your own..
From katsglass Jul 20 2015 7:11PM
Rhode Island White
The Rhode Island White is similiar in a few ways to it's cousin breed the Rhode Island Red. It has wonderful foraging capabilities, lays well, and grows to a decent size as a meat bird. I obtained a flock of these in a trade for quail a few years ago. They had been kept on pasture, and in my smaller urban micro-farm they had to be contained. They do not handle confinement well, but they can tolerate it I found. Confinement did impact their egg production and during that summer out of eight laying hens I received maybe two dozen eggs a week. The roosters crow unusually often but once again I blame myself for this. If you plan on keeping these lovely dual purpose birds keep them outdoors as the breed is intended to be. They'll be much happier, and more productive for you, and you'll feel better about raising them. They lay brown-orange tinted eggs that are slightly larger than their red cousins eggs..
From Travis A. Wooten May 23 2014 10:17AM
Our Girls Tend to be a bit Aggressive
ALmost a year ago my family purchased a total of 9 adult chickens from a coworkers relative. Since we got them home our emotions have been taken on a virtual roller coaster ride. We had not seen them until the day we went to pick them up. My wife had decided when she heard about them that she indeed wanted them. Had I known their condition I don't know if I would have said anything to her. I may have called a friend, who is also an animal lover, but isn't as emotional toward them as my wife tends to be. Upon arrival, we saw the chickens were in the back part of the yard and had a coop as well as a fenced in running area. As we walked closer we noticed the coop was dilapidated, to the point of almost falling in, and the whole flock was filthy. Since we have no soil and our ground is red clay that is to be expected. However, eight of them were also very small and appeared to be underweight. We took them anyway because my wife couldn't stand to see them in those conditions.
After getting them home and getting them set up in a much more cozy coop, we started bringing them back to what we consider normal health. My wife was baking cornbread for them every other day in addition to giving them antibiotics and electrolytes. They were only laying 2 or 3 eggs each day, for 7 hens that is somewhat low. After about 2 weeks they all started showing signs of vast improvement, so we stopped the medications and started collecting their eggs for consumption. They were obviously much healthier and much fatter after eating their special cornbread twice per day. It wasn't very long before we realized one of the hens was plump, but tiny. She is the only one we can tell from the other girls, so we named her Ruby.
After having the flock for right around a year, they are all in great health and are very aware of everything that happens on our property. Sometimes they wake us in the middle of the night and I know there is a predator, so I get my gun and go out to protect the flock. Fortunately hearing me is alarm enough for the threat to run off so I have not had to shoot anything yet. They are definitely a spunky bunch and love vegetable peels and peppers as a regular part of their diet. One of their favorite fruits is apples; they literally jump up and try to eat those out of my hand or container I am carrying them in.
The girls are a bit on the aggressive side. They even bully the rooster! They will eat out of my hand, but not as gentle as the other members of the flock. They do tend to take food out of my hand that I am trying to feed to another chicken and have taken food out of another chickens mouth! We feed them twice a day, morning and night, and sometimes give them afternoon snacks. This seems to be the best routine for them, especially with their condition when we acquired them. I do consider them high maintenance because they require so much attention.
I do not recommend these for beginner chickens nor to be around children. They do produce 6 to 7 eggs per day between 7 hens, so the egg production is wonderful. The eggs are large to extra large. Some days we get what I consider XXL eggs, they are so big they don't fit into a carton! If you have no flooring in your coop, I highly recommend investing in hay on a regular basis to keep them from looking really nasty. Being white, it takes very little time for them to get filthy. I am not questioning our decision to take them, however I would prefer a much less maintenance flock..
From tastahlecker Jan 7 2014 9:14AM