Rhode Island Red chickens are a dual purpose bird that was developed in New England in the mid 1800s. They lay large light brown eggs. They are considered one of the least aggressive breeds of chickens. They are healthy producers with hens averaging 200 to 300 eggs per year. Dual purpose means they are also good meat birds. Hens average 6.5 lbs and Roosters average 8.5 lbs. They make very tasty table birds. Hens start to lay at 18 to 20 weeks. Roosters are mature enough for butcher at about 16 weeks.
This is a docile heritage breed chicken. The Rhode Island Red breed is on the watch list for the Livestock Conservancy List. They are not endanger of extinction but bare watching as the non-industrial strain is waning in production. One of my goals has always to been to contribute to preserving heritage breed animals.
Currently we have 5 chicks in the brooder. One is definitely looking to be a rooster. I am looking forward to having them join our other ladies.