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Rhode Island Red Chickens

The Rhode Island Red is an old breed developed in the US in the 1890s, specifically as a dual purpose egg and meat production bird. Whilst it’s a heavy breed, they have an active nature and love a good firkle in the grass, and will give a good number of eggs per year. They first came over to the UK in 1903 and became popular, becoming widely known as one of the breeds responsible for the lighter brown hybrid laying hens we all know and love. The breeding stock here are a lovely deep mahogany colour and have a stunning sheen, and are bred by the same neighbour breeder who breeds the Derbyshire Redcap chickens and West of England geese.


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