Rhode Island Red

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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.

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

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Rhode Rock | Black Rock Maran

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Description: From March 27th we have these point of lay birds available. You can view the full choice online at www.eastsussexsmallholders.co.uk - and then either drop a text and pop to come and see us, or place an order online. Either way, you will be selecting your own birds when you arrive on our smallholding, and it's completely OK to fall in love with a different bird once you get here. We are on the A22 between Hailsham and Uckfield - about 10 mins outside of Lewes, just 15 miles outside of Brighton. We also have a wide variety of ornamental birds, Polands, Pekins, Brahmas, Sablepoot (Booted Bantams) and of course, the gorgeous Silkies! We are open every day between 9.30-5pm, to buy, or to view, please make an appointment if you can, just in case we are out walking the dogs or feeding the pigs. You can text or call 07540 633909.


Rhode Island Red large fowl

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Description: 16+ week old Rhode Island Red. £30 each Please visit www.noddyspurebreeds.co.uk for other breeds or find us on Facebook


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Description: Rhode Island Reds, available as hatching eggs, unsexed chicks and POL


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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