I think the breed are very friendly, and good egg produces i have aquired a trio of new hampshire reds not to long ago and i have bred them but now have a phew beautiful cocks from the hatch.
I was wondering if there are any breeders local to derbyshire who would be intrested in selling a phew hens and would be intrested in buying some unrelated cocks.
I intended to buy a mixed quad of hens based on egg colour; a cream legbar, a leghorn and a french maran. However, my son decided he wanted a red hen so 'Georgia' was bought as a POL instead of the leghorn.
I subsequently read about poor laying performance and thought I had made a mistake. HOWEVER, Georgia is our best laying hen, she gives 6 large, light brown eggs a week, every week. Regular double yolks and eggs up to 110g (yes 110g).
She is very friendly and great with the kids. Totally recommended, BUT, a little destructive in the garden.
I find the rhode island red to be great birds to have. I acquired a pair some months ago. They were introduced into a mixture of other breeds in a large enclosure in my garden. They adapted well. They are very friendly and do not mind being stroked and picked up. They have a quiet disposition and are not at all aggressive to my other hens. They have not started to lay yet so I am unable to comment on whether they are good layers.
Maybe a little on the large size but fantastic lookers. They deserve to be more popular.
We have had ours for 2-3 years - amazing birds, great showers and all rounders.
We have had ours about 2 months, they are laying great there so friendly and easy to keep, would recommend to anyone thinking of keeping chickens, my children adore them and have no trouble picking them up and they love to play. A joy to have :0)