Rhode Island Red

One of the most common chickens in our world today, the Rhode Island Red (RIR), originated in Rhode Island over a century ago. The single combed variety was admitted to the standard of perfection of the American Poultry Administration (APA) in 1904—the rose-combed variety recognized a year later. RIR’s have hard feathers, and can be very good egg layers, even through winter if kept under suitable conditions.
  • Appearance:
    • Male: Their feathers are a famous rusty, to chocolaty-red. They also have some black patches in their tails,  and a little in their wings.
    • Female: Same as male, but they also have black on the back of their neck. The hens also tend to be a bit darker and more richly colored than the males.
    • Face: Red
    • Comb:  Red, single or rose
    • Earlobes: Red
    • Skin color: Yellow
    • Beak color: Yellow
    • Eyes: Red-orange
  • Weight: Rooster-8 Hen-6.5 Cockerel-7 Pullet-5.5*
  • Purpose: Dual purpose*
  • Origin: Rhode Island- America
  • Common: Extremely
  • Egg color: Light brown
  • Egg size: Large or extra large
  • Eggs a week/year: 5-6 eggs a week/250-300 eggs a year.
  • Broody: No, but when they do go broody, they are a very dutiful mother.*
  • Confinement: RIR’s handle confinement well, and do not typically try to escape.
  • Compatibility: Good with other RIR’s but, may be a little aggressive with other chickens.
  • Hardy: These birds are known to be very hardy in winter and summer… They also have strong immune systems.
  • Bantam: Yes, though a bit more uncommon, there is a bantam variety of the RIR.*
  • Personality: Known to be very loving and caring towards their owners, they are generally curious, but also cautious… They may be more unfriendly towards strangers, and other animals.
  • Available from:*
    • Murray McMurray:
      • Day Old: (Min. 1) SR: $2.14, F: $2.47, M: $1.31
    • My Pet Chicken:
      • Day Old: (Min. 3+, Overall) SR: —, F: $3.00, M: $2.00
    • Cackle Hatchery:
      • Day Old: (Min. 5) SR: $2.06, F: $2.52, M: $1.20 (No Min. on Males)
Overall a very good combination of hardiness, and egg laying capability. It is very clear why they are one of the most popular chickens for backyard chicken owners.

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