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Written by Carole

One of my favorite hens and an all around friendly chicken breed is the Rhode Island Red.  I have a hen of this breed and she is a dependable layer.  Rhoda, Rhode Island Red
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.


7 Responses to “Chicken Breed Series #7–Rhode Island Red”

  1. Your posting about the different breeds of chicks has been very helpful to me. Thank you! Good Luck with your New Mini-Farm.

    Barbaras last blog post..BEWARE OF ROOSTER


  2. Oh I’ll keep my fingers crossed on the 7 acres, Carole… I hope it works out for you!
    I agree with Barbara… I have really enjoyed these chicken breed posts… I hope you have some more coming up.
    I have 3 Rhode Island Reds- 1 rooster and 2 hens. The rooster is actually very calm, but it may be because he is old. There is one thing I have found out- if you want to raise laying hens to sell, there is no better breed than the RIR or the Sex-Links. Around here, if you run an ad in the paper for either one, you will sell out very quickly of either of those breeds!!

    Farm Chick Paulas last blog post..A New Look


  3. hi, is that rroster next to the hen an ameraucana?


    Carole Reply:

    She was a cross-breed, part Ameracauna.


  4. Hi –

    Regarding the cross-bred Ameracauna – what is the mix? We are new to the “chicken” world and have two of these.

    Thanks for the information.



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