New Hampshire Reds are similar to the Rhode Island Reds, which were used in their development. However, these are a lighter, buff-red color than the Rhode Islands, and are selected for earlier maturing and large brown eggs. New Hampshires were also selected for degree of muscling and can be considered a dual purpose breed. New Hampshires are valued for crossing with other breeds to develop laying flocks. Hens are deep-bodied birds. They mature early and can survive in cold climates however, their combs are known to get get frost-bite in very cold environments.