Rhode Island Red Description

The Rhode Island Red is a beautiful bird with a rich deep mahogany glossy colouring. They are often described as having a brick shape. Many commercial hybrids are based on the Rhode Island Red as part of their genetic makeup, that’s how good this breed is. The hybrids, however, lack the richness and glossiness of colour that the pure breed possesses. A lot of unscrupulous breeders try to pass hybrids off as Rhodies, more by ignorance than design, we would hope. A good layer with a winning personality.  This breed would be classed as a heritage breed which originated in the United States of America.

Breed Temperament

Can be calm or a bit of a bully, but this breed can be very dependent on the individual personality of the chicken. Most tend to be friendly and tolerant of their coop-mates.

Breed Size

A Rhode Island is classified as a large fowl – light and can be dual purpose, good for eggs and meat.


A very good producer of large medium brown eggs.