Rhode Island Red

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, Langshank, Black Red Malay, Hamburgh 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 growing 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. Originally, the Rhode Island Red was created as a dual purpose utility bird but their use in hybrid layer production far outweighs their popularity as a meat bird. The light brown colour of their eggs has made them the most popular choice in the UK and Europe.

Rhode Island Red hens are generally very placid and easily tamed. They 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 will produce a large amount of brown eggs a year.

About Our Birds

Our "Rhodies" are developed from two different strains - the utility strain and the show strain. The utility strain is a slightly lighter bird in both weight and colour and generally lays more eggs whereas the show strain is much darker in colour and in general is a much heavier bird. 

We have crossed the two strains resulting in a lovely looking bird that lays a good number of eggs a year. They are slightly slower to mature but its well worth the wait. 

A lot of people confuse the pure bred Rhode Island Red with the commercial hybrids you see today.As you can see in the pictures our birds are nothing like the "Ginger" hybrids but are a lovely rich mahogany colour. When the sun shines on them you can see a deep beetle green sheen on their feathers - stunning! 

These birds are also a great choice for the back garden keeper as well as the serious breeder. They are easy to handle and can become great pets. They are a tough bird that can tolerate being housed in back garden situations as well as free ranging in larger areas.