Originated in Rhode Island, it is the state bird of Rhode Island and recognized as a distinct pure chicken breed in 1904 by the American Standard of Perfection. The Single Comb Rhode Island Red chicken is our most popular breed for brown egg laying production. They are a popular chicken choice for backyard chicken flocks because of their egg laying abilities and hardiness. Rhode Island Red chicks are a good choice for raising baby chickens naturally and raising baby chickens for eggs. Non-industrial strains of the Rhode Island Red are listed as recovering by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. Cackle Hatchery®’s blood line or stain is a heritage chicken production type and bred pure by Cackle Hatchery® Farms since 1936.
The Rhode Island Red is a true heritage chicken breed picked as a great choice for egg production. Many breeders breed the Rhode Island Red chicken for show, these are a little darker red and do not produce as many eggs. The Roosters usually weigh in at 8.5 pounds (3.9 kg), The Hens weigh slightly less at 6.5 pounds (2.9 kg), cockerel at 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg), and pullets at 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg). Developed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, early flocks often had both single and rose combed individuals because of the influence of Malay blood. Cackle Hatchery® now offers the single comb variety of the Rhode Island Red Chicken (Exhibition Type).
Many people who like this breed of chicken also like the miniature version of the breed (bantam) the Rhode Island Red Bantam Chicken.
We also have the Rhode Island Red Started Pullet available to order.
We also offer at limited times of the year Rhode Island Red Fertile Hatching Eggs