|The Rhode Island Red is America's best known chicken breed and possibly even the best known breed
in the world. This is because the breed has so many fine qualities that they have remained popular ever since their introduction.
The breed originally developed in Rhode
Island and Massachusetts in
the 1880's and 1890's, and its ancestors include Malay,
Shanghai, Java and
Brown Leghorn. The Rhode Island Red's capacity to tolerate both cold or hot weather
makes it the
perfect bird for just about any location in the country. The hens are friendly and calm (although the roosters can be aggressive). Because this breed is so healthy--and they are good layers and friendly pets to boot--some of our employees call these the "Do
Everything Bird". If you aren't sure what breed to get, chances are
that the Rhode Island Red will meet your needs.
Most hatcheries carry the original utility Rhode Island Red (as we do
with our day old chicks), but our fertile hatching eggs are from the
much rarer show lines--take a look! You won't see birds like this from
The show birds are different from the original Rhode Island Red: the original was strictly a utility bird that also possessed some of the best laying ability of any dual purpose breed. The chicks that hatch from our large brown eggs are from the rare, dark Mahogany colored lines. They are the deeper, more vivid color preferred by poultry judges for shows and exhibitions. However the show birds have been selected for color (not laying ability only), so they lay slightly less well than the lighter colored utility type. If you want Rhode Island Reds as pets and for laying, you will want to order day old chicks of the utility variety. But if it's show prospects you want for your flock, then these fertile hatching eggs are your answer. Chicks from our eggs will show the best, darkest color you've seen in a Red. They are truly breathtaking.
Shipping: Eggs are shipped via USPS Priority Mail. No need to
choose a faster shipping method besides 'Ground'. If you'd like eggs
shipped via USPS Express Mail, please give us a call!
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