Baseball, Apple Pie & Rhode Island Red Chickens

It’s Easy To See Why ‘Rhodies’ Are A True American Pastime

Baseball, Apple Pie & Rhode Island Red Chickens
By Kate Hunter, Virginia Rhode Island Reds are an unmistakable breed of chicken, even by non-poultry fanciers. They are one of the most popular breeds in the United States for good reason. The originators of the Rhode Island Red sought to create a breed that could lay a decent number of eggs, yet dress out pleasantly for the table. The Rhode Island Reds are great layers of brown eggs and are considered by many to be the best layers of the dual-purpose breeds, raised for both eggs and meat. They can lay 200 to 300 eggs per year beginning as early as 6 months of age. The hens of this breed weigh in excess of 6 pounds and the roosters in excess of 8 pounds. The Rhode Island Red is known for its strength and its ability to lay continuously with minimal feed and housing. Rhode Island Red hens are generally quiet and rarely broody. Some roosters may seem more aggressive than those of other breeds. Few dual-purpose breeds can match

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