Rhode Island Red Chickens

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Watch a naturalist from the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Drumlin Farm provide information about Rhode Island Red Chickens in this free online video.

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This is a Rhode Island Red. It is again, a very old breed developed in the 1800's in of all places, New England. Not necessarily Rhode Island. It also bears the distinction that is a state bird. It being the state bird of Rhode Island. This is the origin of the classic Brown egg layers that we have today. Almost all of our commercial brown egg layers are crosses of a Rhode Island Red. These are good egg laying birds and they lay quite consistently. They are also good to raise as meat birds. Not quite as good as I think as the Barred Rock but they make an excellent small yard bird. Most of the birds that you will find are brown egg laying birds are crosses of Rhode Island Red's and probably Barred Rocks or other types of rocks and that is what makes up the brown egg laying population.

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