In 1947, British geneticists crossed together Rhode Island Reds and Golden Brussbars. The goal was to create a auto-sexable bird that was a superior brown egg layer, like Rhode Island Red. This cross was originally called Redbars, but the name was later changed to Rhodebars.
The Rhodebar was briefly popular, until commercialized flocks choose modern hybrids. Today, the Rhodebar is very rare, and is listed on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Crele or Buff/Red Barred in appearance
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Bantam: 28 - 36 oz
Largefowl: 5 - 7 lbs
Personality: Calm and easy to handle
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Jumbo
What else you should know:
Rhodebar chickens are sex linkable, meaning they can be sexed at hatch by their coloration. Males will hatch with white dots on their heads, while females will have the perfect chipmunk stripped coloration.