New Hampshire Red
Large/heavy (7-8 lb).
Only come in Red, a reddish-brown color.
Dual-purpose, eggs and meat.
History, Origins, and About the Breed
New Hampshire Reds were originally derived from Rhode Island Reds, but are now so different that they are their own breed. Compared to Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshire Reds mature earlier, are faster to grow and feather out, and produce more meat and fewer eggs. This is a vigorous breed.
New Hampshire Reds can have varied personalities. Some can be aggressive as far as maintaining position in the pecking order, but they can also be calm, docile and curious. They are adaptable to confinement or free range.
These are winter-hardy birds.
Occasionally broody, and make good mothers.
Good (around 3 eggs/week).
This Breed May Be Right For You If…
You want an egg-layer that produces more meat than most. If you want an early-maturing, particularly hardy dual-purpose bird.