Rhode Island Red Chickens

Breed Rating (23 reviews)

Appearance:
          
Friendliness:
          
Hardiness:
          
Egg:
          
Garden:
          

History

The Rhode Island Red was developed on Rhode Island, Massachusetts USA around the 1890s. Crossing a large variety of other breeds including the Buff Cochin, Langsh, Black Red Malay, Hamburgh and Rose combed Leghorns together created the Rhode Island Red. The Rhode Island is another bird created for both meat and eggs, to satisfy the demands of the American population. The breed arrived in the UK in 1903 and became extremely popular very quickly. The Rhode Island Red is possibly the best-known breed in the world today. The Rhode crossed with a Sussex forms the basis of most of our present day hybrids.

Behaviour

Rhode Islands are classed as a heavy breed, but are active. They enjoy foraging on grass. They are bright and alert but at the same time quiet. They make great pets and are relatively hardy. They will produce a large amount of brown eggs a year.

Varieties

The Rhode Island is a Red bird. The plumage is a dark rich glossy red in the male, being slightly less glossy in the female. The male should only have black in his wings and tail and the female the same but can have black on her neck. The body is broad and deep and oblong in its shape. It has a broad flat back with a medium sized tail. The earlobes are red in colour as are the eyes. They have yellow legs

Your Images

Latest Reviews For Rhode Island Reds (5 of 23)

  • 5 Star: 19 (19)
  • 4 Star: 4 (4)
  • 3 Star: 0 (0)
  • 2 Star: 0 (0)
  • 1 Star: 0 (0)
Average Rating:

           (Based on 23 reviews)

Write Review

           A fabulous chicken

- Janet, 06 April 2014

I've had a few Rhode Island Reds and have been impressed by each of them. My favorite hen, Chick Chick, would go for walks with me down by the creek. She also liked to sit on the shelf outside my front window and stare inside at me as if to say, I want to be in the big hen house with you! Every day she would come into my garage and lay one beautiful brown egg in a box of rags I kept under my workbench. I think they are a good looking chicken and a lot of fun to have.


           BRILLIANT BREED

- Lisa, 23 February 2014

This breed is one of the best breeds in our history of keeping chickens, nice on the eye and fabulous egg production (for a pure bred). My birds are exceptionally friendly. Only thing to look out for is the rich deep red colouring (not brown)


           Chalk&cheese

- Nigel, 06 June 2013

I have two rir in my small flock mabel is the friendliest hen you could ever wish to keep, her sister lena, short for evillena is the devil reincarnated, such a unfriendly girl.dont know where we went wrong with her, but we live in hope that she can change.


           Beautiful chicken

- Abdul, 31 January 2013

I've got a big rhode island red rooster very loving and friendly. I can't live without him. He's my morning alarm clock.


          

- , 09 December 2012

Related Products

 

Breeders Clubs for Rhode island reds

Rhode Island Red Club

Tel: 01364 72394


Scottish Rhode Island Red Club

Tel: 01555 840867

To view all chicken breed clubs click here.

 
Omlet Cartoon