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Rhode Island Red Chickens

female male

Breed Rating (27 Reviews)


Rhode Island Red History

The Rhode Island Red was developed in the US state of Rhode Island in the 1890s. Crossing a large variety of other breeds including the Buff Cochin, Langshan, Black Red Malay, Hamburg 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.

Rhode Island Red 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.

Rhode Island Red 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

Rhode Island Red Pictures

A Mature rhode island red's egg.
Juvenile rhode island red in garden.
A Rhode Island Red chicken.
Chickens foraging
A big red rhode island red chicken!
two rhode island red chickens
Rhode Island Red Hen
Chicken and chicks
Chickens in garden
Rhode island red cockerel
Our rhode rock
Rhode Island Red chick in a red food bowl
Rhode island red eye
a giant rhode island red chicken free range egg
an egg box with lots of fresh eggs of different sizes inside
Day old rhode island red chick
Rhode island red chicks
Curious right?
Rhode island red chick
A Rhode Island red chicken called Liberty.
A rhode lsland red chicken called Liberty.
A rhode island red chicken pecking around.
Two rhode island red chickens.
Rhode Island Red Chicken in run
Rhode Island Hens
Rhode Island Chicken Close up in run
Chicken next to wall
Three chickens and rooster outside their coop

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Latest Reviews For Rhode Island Red (5 of 27)

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Ex battery Rhode Island Reds - Luke, Derbyshire,

We have 4 of these Rhode Island Reds. They're very friendly birds and they lay a LOT of eggs but the quality of the shells and yolks are not as good as some other breeds such as our Swedish Flower Hens. They like to free range around the garden but dig up your plants and flowers in your borders and like to disturb your mulches and barks.

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- Marlene,

I had 3 Rhode Island Red hens I had to get rid of because of aggressiveness. They were great egg layers but not compatible with the rest of my hens. Think I'll stray clear of this breed from now on.

great chicken - Cleo,

I had a rooster when I was raising my chickens as I lived in the country, and if I left the back door open he can looking for me. I could lay my hand on his back and he'd squat to the ground and let me pick him up. Friendly too.

A fabulous chicken - Janet,

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.

Breeder Clubs for Rhode Island Red

Rhode Island Red Club

Telephone: 01364 72394

Scottish Rhode Island Red Club

Telephone: 01555 840867