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July 29, 2020

Rhode Island Reds

Let's talk chickens!

Specifically, let's talk about the glorious Rhode Island Reds(RIR).
I will start by saying that I am completely biased toward these beautiful girls(in my case).
Although the roosters can be gorgeous!

I have always been drawn to their beauty and have wanted to get my own for years.
I did all my research.
The things I needed to consider for my breed of choice ended up being a relatively short list but very important.

1. I absolutely had to have a breed that is kid-friendly, docile, and wouldn't have me running scared away from the coop door!
RIRs are known to be just that. Docile with huge personalities. Each one is different. I have four and they are everything from timid, flighty, comical, sassy, to big babies.

2. I wanted a bird that wouldn't be sick more than it was healthy. Since these would be my first chickens, I wanted something I wasn't going to be spending thousands on in vet bills or more trying to put myself through veterinarian school specializing in avian-ology(is that a thing?)
RIRs are known as an A+ health breed. Most live completely healthy lives without any issues. 
Of course, that means that they have a safe, clean, and adequate living space.
Their life span is 7-8 years!

3. EGGS!
Yes, I wanted eggs. and, lots of them!
Again, with it being my first go at this, I do not intend to use them as meat birds.
Although they are categorized as dual purpose. Tri-purpose if you consider eggs, meat, pets.

4. Weather hardy
We live in Ohio.
We have hot, humid summers and can get frigid winters.
I chose chooks that could live healthily without me having to redesign their coop with the changing seasons.
RIRs do well in both climates. Their large combs help them release heat in the hot months, while their size helps them maintain their body heat in cold months.

5. I wanted pretty birds!
I admit I was drawn to these chickens first by their appearance. They are gorgeous!
They can come in a variety of "reds". Everything from a light rust color to the deep mahogany.
I have four, from the same hatchery. All hatched on the same day and I can tell them apart just by their feathers and coloring.

These were my top 5 reasons I chose the Rhode Island Reds.
They are only about 4 months old and no eggs just quite yet, but I am so pleased with them and definitely will add more when space permits it.

Here are some facts to read up on.

Rhode Island Red


Eggs- Large Brown


Broody- not typical but can be

Weight- roosters 7.5lbs  hens 5.5lbs

Temperament-hens calm/docile  roosters can be aggressive

Life span-7-8 years

Class/Type- American/Large Fowl

Varieties-single or rose comb

Rarity-On Watch(less than 2,500 registered in the United States)

Here is a great article to get more information

You can also find a ton of products and even order your own chickens from Tractor Supply Company

I hope this information helps you decide if this breed is right for you.
I chose them and am 100% pleased. If you have any questions, just ask.
Now for their photoshoot! Enjoy!

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