New Hampshire Red Chickens
Derived from the Rhode Island Red Chicken
in the early 20th Century, the New Hampshire Red
is a popular dual purpose chicken that will generally lay up to 250 eggs per year. Some attractive qualities of this heavy medium sized bird is its rapid growth, fast feathering, and early maturity make this red a quality and desirable meat bird on top of it's reliable egg laying abilities.
Developed in New England, the New Hampshire Red
was made an official breed, distinct from its close relative, in 1935. Like the Rhode Island Red
, New Hampshire Red Hens
lay large brown eggs that are excellent for human consumption.
New Hampshire Reds
grow broody and make great mothers. This breed is also quite hardy during the winter time. They can be competitive and aggressive, but they handle confinement quite well.