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New Hampshire Red Chicken

History

This breed originates from 1915 in the United States of America where it was bred from selection from the Rhode Island Red in New Hampshire although the birds are very different in colouring and body shape from the Rhode Island Red. They were originally bred for the eggs but have gained a reputation as a good table bird. The body is well rounded with a deep full breast and medium length tail. The head is deep and rather flat on top with prominent eyes, a single comb with five points, smooth face, large wattles and oval red earlobes. The legs are yellow and the lower thighs are large and muscular with feet that have four toes. The feathers are a lovely deep chestnut red and are fluffy and full.

Behaviour

The chicks are quick to feather up and mature quickly. The hens lay well and are placid and friendly and are therefore easy to tame. They thrive in a run or wandering free and as they are not good fliers, they do not need particularly high fencing. They are not aggressive towards each other and are tolerant creatures. They do not have a tendency towards broodiness although it can occur occasionally and are good winter layers. They are able to cope with cold weather except that their combs are subject to frostbite so care should be taken.

 

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