This is a picture of my hen, Rhoda. I have a variety of breeds and the Rhode Island Red chickens are among my favorite. I have had her over a year now and all of my experiences with her have been great.
Here are a few of the traits of this chicken breed:
- Good egg layer
- Lays a large brown egg
- A dual purpose breed (good for meat or eggs)
- Standard size weighs about 6.5 lbs. and bantam size weighs about 2lb.
- Very cold hardy
- Gentle, docile chickens
- Cocks can be aggressive (but then that goes for the majority of breeds)
- Adapts to free range or confinement with ease
I have never owned a rooster of this breed but read that they can be aggressive. I am sure there are two sides to the story but it is good information for those who have not experienced this when raising chickens. Like me!
I hope these chicken breed series posts have been a benefit to you. I am learning the best breeds to pick when it comes to egg layers and also for show purposes. I am making my list and as soon as we get moved the next stage in my raising chickens is about to take place. I am so looking forward to it. The good Lord willing it is just around the corner.
I’ll keep adding more post to this chicken breed series. It may take me longer than usual to post as we are in the negiotiation process of selling a home and also making an offer on 7 acres. My future mini-farm, I hope.
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