Rhode Island Reds

"Rhoda," an egg farm rescue, she was very tame and a great pet hen for years

One of the best known breeds, the RIR is a good layer of large brown eggs and as a dual purpose breed also can supply a fair-sized roaster. The hens will rarely go broody and can produce around 260 eggs per year.

Developed in Rhode Island in the 1830s, various breeds were used in their makeup, including Malays, Cochins and Brown Leghorns. The single combed variety was admitted to the APA's Standard of Perfection in 1904 and the rose combed birds a year later. The cock will weigh about 8 1/2 pounds and the hens run about one pound lighter.

Breed clubs:

Rhode Island Red Club of America
Emmett Rachels
PO Box 1161
Tavares, FL 32778

The Rhode Island Red Club
Adrian Keep
Riverlea, 11 Oakley Rd.,
Bedford MK41 6AN
phone: 01234-342656

The Scottish Rhode Island Red Club
Mr. J. Gardiner
28 Biggar Road, Libberton, Carnwath,
Strathclyde, ML11 8LX
phone: 01555-840783

RIR Links:

Rhode land Reds R Us -- birds for sale here

Tim and Tina Jurgens's Red Square Rhode Island Red Resource Page

Bob Blosl's Rhode Island Red Page

Kintaline Farm's Rhode Islands

Rice's Brown Egg Farm raises Rhode Islands (birds for sale here)

Western NC Nature Center's page on the Rhode Island Red

A good Rhode Island Red male
Photo courtesy of George Schopac

A pair of Production Reds or Cherry Eggers
Photos courtesy of Skyline Farms Hatchery

A show-quality Rhode Island Red cock and pullet

Another RI cockerel
Photo courtesy of Pam Marshall

A RIR cockerel from New Zealand
Photo courtesy of Ermin Shadich

A utility RIR hen from my flock

A Rose Comb Rhode Island Red male, with a head shot to the right

A pair of RIR bantams
Photos courtesy of Jason Mandich

Production Red chick
Photo courtesy of Paul Stump

"Lucy" on the left, and with a friend on the right
Photos courtesy of Alice Fencl

Another RIR chick
Photo courtesy of Marta Sundal

More RIR chicks for your enjoyment
Photo courtesy of Mckinney & Govero Poultry

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