Rhode Island Red Chickens are a popular dual-purpose breed that is a familiar standby in many chicken coops. As the name suggests, this breed was developed in Rhode Island, and is the state's official bird! Rhode Island Red hens are calm and are among the best layers for a heavy breed. Hens can lay around 4-6 brown eggs per week, but rarely brood, so you'll have to find someone else to sit. Roosters may become aggressive. Males and females are lovely shades of deep mahogany red, are hardy in all climates, and are an excellent free-range choice. Read more about the Rhode Island Red Chicken on our Breed Spotlight over on the Meyer Hatchery Blog.
Curious about the difference between the New Hampshire Reds and the Rhode Island Reds? Read more over on the blog!
Rhode Island Reds mature early, with an average mature rooster weight of 8 1/2 lbs and hens reaching 6 1/2 lbs. Our Rhode Island Reds are "production" strain.