- Rhode Island White Chicken
Originating in 1888, the rose comb variety of the Rhode Island White was admitted to the APA in 1922. Cackle Hatchery® Breeding Farms only offer the single comb variety. The Rhode Island White chicken breed has a broad, deep body with horizontal carriage, close tightly feathered brick-like appearance, with a broad flat head. This chicken breed is a great winter egg layer of rich large brown eggs, very docile and good dual layer/meat fowl. The Rhode Island White Hen is also used in creating our Cinnamon Queen and Golden Comet breeds. Raising chickens can be fun and enjoyable with these very friendly hens.
General mating ratio is 10 females to 1 male for birds 6 months to 2 years of age.
General sleeping/roosting comfort height for this breed is a roost pole 2-4 feet high.
PLEASE NOTE: This availability chart is updated periodically and does not reflect the availability of in-store poultry and does not represent a guarantee of shipping date.
We hatch/ship February - September of each season. See Calendar.
We schedule all orders to ship ASAP when the entire order is available. If you would like to delay your order, you can specify your delay date at checkout.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Poultry Show Class: American Class
- Weights: Hen-----6 1/2 lbs Rooster------8 1/2 lbs
Pullet---5 1/2 lbs Cockerel-----7 1/2 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Primary production, Egg Laying & Pet/Secondary meat source
- Egg Shell Color: Brown
- Egg Production: 220-280 eggs per year (estimates only, see FAQ)
- Egg Size: Large
- Temperament: Active
- Gender Accuracy: 80-85%
- Fertility Percentage: 65-80%
- Broody: Variable
- Mating Ratio: 10 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: 2 to 4 feet
- Country of Origin: United States, Rhode Island
- APA: Yes, Rosecomb recognized by the American Standard of Perfection in 1922. We offer only the single comb variety not APA.
- ALBC: Watch Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed
- BREEDER FARM SOURCE: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline or strain of pure Rhode Island White since 1993.
Extremely Happy Review by Sheri'
Ordered RIW's and meat birds from you last year and have been extremely happy with all of them. They all arrived healthy and energetic. Unfortunately I lost many to predators and will be purchasing more real soon! The meat chickens taste great and the few laying hens I have left have layed eggs all through the winter. I can't wait to get my next order. (I think I have learned enought about the predators around our place to ward them off this time!) Thank you also for your freindly service! Very pleased!! (Posted on 1/23/2019)
thanks Review by Alan
Mrs. Smith and Jeff... just wanted you to know how pleased i am with the New hampshire chicks that i got from you .. i also got 5 white Rhode island pullets too.they are unbelievable layers too..have a friend about my age bracket 70 years old, that takes my excess eggs to sell. we cant keep up with the demand now.all the time he comes over as well as everyone else, keeps saying what a pretty batch of hens i have.the word is spreading around here where i got them from..a long story, but i ended up selling my friend some of my flock. got about 35 left.even the 2 roosters i got, never show any kind of aggressive behavior. my little grandson walks around them when he helps me gather eggs. something i used to worry about..just a beautiful batch of hens.. the bantams i got as a replacements, are all doing well, even though most turned out roosters, luck of the draw.pretty little things.
if i had a small place i was telling my brother, i would raise bantams.they hardly eat much, almost self sufficient..easy keepers..
all my years of having chickens, never had such pretty and wonderful hens like i have in these New Hamps. God Bless,
(Posted on 10/26/2018)
I love my road island whites, great birds ..! Review by Dianna Starr
I have had my road island whites since 11 /16 & they lay a nice large egg , sweet , very tame & easy to work with, very people friendly good free rangers, just a very nice bird over all, they would be a good breed for kids to raise. (Posted on 8/16/2018)
Wish Review by Rhodyray
I wish CH would breed the official RI White chicken with the rose comb instead of the single comb. Preservation of heritage chickens is of utmost importance and further support the established production and quality of these birds. (Posted on 1/26/2018)
RI White Review by Bear
I ordered some RI White. They are almost 4 months. They are extremely friendly. I ordered Dominique and Delaware as well and plan to order more Lord's willing this February of 2017. I have been pleased. They arrived well and full of energy and ready to eat and drink. The RI White and Delaware are so docile they let me pet them and sometimes a bit too friendly as they like to walk out the gate with me. (Posted on 1/12/2017)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Jimmy C - Central Alabama
I ordered a variety different brown laying hens in the summer of 2016 and all arrived very healthy and has done extremely well. They are now ready to begin laying and I am extremely pleased with these birds. I will be placing other orders with Cackle in the future. Summer orders also works very well with the chicks during shipment. (Posted on 12/8/2016)
i love my Rhode Island White's Review by Dianna Starr
my Rhode Island White chicks are very friendly , im having fun raising them, very sweet with great temperaments, so thanks cackle my chicks from you are always healthy & beautiful.! (Posted on 11/24/2016)
RIW hen very aggressive with other hens Review by Mary d
I loved all the different kinds of chicks I have ever gotten from CH. however last year I tried one RIW She is nice to people but very aggressive with the rest of my small flock. I don't want any more like her (Posted on 3/15/2016)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Sean, Unknown March 2013
We were very pleased with our last order that we got from you. Best chickens I have ever had. Thank you very much. I am sending you another one keep up the good work. We had eggs on top of eggs. (Posted on 11/30/2015)
Thank You Review by Melissa, Texas Sept 2014
I am sending you this note to tell you how happy I've been over the years with the chicks you've sent and your wonderful service. I now have a small flock of laying hens we hatched from some of the chicks we got from you a few years ago. They are healthy and productive. We once had a few chicks arrive (thru no fault of yours) a day late and we lost some, you were wonderful about replacing them. So I just wanted to say thank you from a happy loyal customer. (Posted on 11/20/2015)
chicks Review by Billy Oklahoma April 2014
I ordered some chicks from y'all a few week ago and I am just giving y'all some feedback on the good hatchery y'all have thanks for the chicks. They all got here safe and all are a live and again I thank y'all very much and y'all's Hatchery should be the number one Hatchery in the world and y'all's Hatchery will be the only one I ever order from. (Posted on 11/11/2015)