New Hampshire Red Chicken
New Hampshire Red Chickens developed over a period of years beginning around 1915 from a foundation of Rhode Island Reds, first brought into New Hampshire from Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts. culminating in 1935 with shows. There are no records of outside blood being introduced and the breed was developed by farm poultry men of New Hampshire by continual selection of breeding stock for early maturity, large brown shelled eggs, quick feathering, strength and vigor during its evolution.
Characteristics: Plumage, Brilliant reddish-bay to chestnut red, tail feathers are black edged in medium red. Under color light salmon but a smoky tinge is not a fault. Females should have neck hackles edged in black, Eyes bay. comb, face, wattles, ear lobes bright red. Legs and toes rich yellow. Males have a line of reddish pigment down sides of shanks. Females may lose leg color when in lay. Beak reddish brown. New Hampshire Red Chicken are friendly and placid, but are not good broodies.
- Standard Weights: Cock-8 pounds; hen-6-1/2 pounds; cockerel-7-1/2 pounds; pullet-5-1/2 pounds.
- Skin Color: Yellow
- Egg Shell Color: Brown
- Use: Egg and Meat Producer
- Origin: USA
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.