New Hampshire Red

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This breed originates from 1915 in the United States of America where it was bred from selection from the Rhode Island Red in New Hampshire although the birds are very different in colouring and body shape from the Rhode Island Red. They were originally bred for the eggs but have gained a reputation as a good table bird. The body is well rounded with a deep full breast and medium length tail. The head is deep and rather flat on top with prominent eyes, a single comb with five points, smooth face, large wattles and oval red earlobes. The legs are yellow and the lower thighs are large and muscular with feet that have four toes. The feathers are a lovely deep chestnut red and are fluffy and full.


The chicks are quick to feather up and mature quickly. The hens lay well and are placid and friendly and are therefore easy to tame. They thrive in a run or wandering free and as they are not good fliers, they do not need particularly high fencing. They are not aggressive towards each other and are tolerant creatures. They do not have a tendency towards broodiness although it can occur occasionally and are good winter layers. They are able to cope with cold weather except that their combs are subject to frostbite so care should be taken.


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- Richie, 23 October 2014

New Hampshires are and always have been my favorite breed of standard chicken. They look great and are fine layers. I had one that was as friendly as a pet dog. I find the roosters to be good natured people, including children and are fine with the hens too. I recommend New Hampshires for anyone who wants a reliable breed of chicken that is lovely to look at and very easy to keep. This breed embodies everything that a chicken should be.

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- Christina, 19 March 2013

My family decided to get five chickens on our acre lot. We went to the feed store and picked out our girls and brought them home. We started with the chicks in a large cage with a heat lamp before integrating them outdoors. We decided to let them free range and built them a coup. They were really funny in that they decided that they were going to refuse to shack up in their home each evening and opted for our Tulip Tree instead. That was not a problem until they also decided that they were going to refuse to lay in their home and chose random places around the property to nest. They also shared a nest and responsibilities. They would take turns sitting on one nest where I would find 15-20 eggs each day. They were very friendly and got along well with my kids, dogs, and cats. They even liked kisses on their beaks and to be held like babies! Our runt was the liveliest of them all and turned out to be our favorite. Truly a joy to have!


- Lily, 21 January 2013

Great chickens wonderful layers friendly


- Lyle, 07 May 2012

My newhampshire (Snap) was a great hen she was laying good sized eggs every day.She was such a good hen she was not scared of the dog or our cat. So I would reccomend whis breed to anyone


- Tamana, 19 June 2011

We have a range of chickens this range includes Amrocks, Silver Laced Wyanndottes and New Hampshire Reds. All large fowls. Anyway the breed that proves to be the most confident and friendly is the New Hampshire Reds (or Beckie and Ruby-name of chickens.) In all areas I believe New Hampshire are five stars, but I have to say they are not wonderful in the garden... due to our chickens being kept next to a garden centre they prove to be a little bit unfriendly to their field. Their favourite foods probably mealworms which can be found really in any country market. Mealworms are very expensive though so we have to be kind to our wallets as well and not give them too much! although all chickens like mealworms not just New Hampshires. New Hampshires prove to be the most quiet they still make a noise but it isn't as loud as our amrocks. The Hampshires are easy to tame and pick up, we tamed ours in about 1 week and a half, and now they have no fear towards us!:)


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