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sarahannecloud9 09-23-2012 06:11 PM

Chicken Moma chat thread. Share, Q&A, all things chicken!
A place to share your pics, help/support one another, learn new facts. Just all things chicken.
Let's get to chatting.

So this month I wanted to feature one of the oldest well known breeds, the Rhode Island Red. :)

First up, some pics:

Some facts from wikipedia:
"The Rhode Island Red is a breed of chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus). They are a utility bird, raised for meat and eggs, and also as show birds. They are a popular choice for backyard flocks because of their egg laying abilities and hardiness."
The bird's feathers are rust-colored often with white streaks, however darker shades are known, including maroon bordering on black. Their eyes are red-orange and they have yellow feet, with reddish-brown beaks. Chicks are a light red to tan color with two dark brown bars running down their backs. The Roosters usually weigh in at 8.5 pounds (3.9 kg), the Hens 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).[4]
Developed in Rhode Island & Massachusetts, early flocks often had both single and rose combed individuals because of the influence of Malay blood. It was from the Malay that the Rhode Island Red got its deep color, strong constitution, and relatively hard feathers.[4]
The Rhode Island Red were originally bred in Adamsville, a village which is part of Little Compton, Rhode Island. One of the foundation sires of the breed was a black-breasted red Malay **** which was imported from England. This **** is on display at the Smithsonian Institution as the father of the Rhode Island Red breed.[citation needed]
In 1925, the Rhode Island Red Club of America donated funds for an elegant monument to the Rhode Island Red in Adamsville, near the baseball field and across the street from what used to be Abraham Manchester's restaurant. (The monument is now on the National Register of Historic Places.) A competing monument to the Rhode Island Red, claiming its creation not for the poultry fanciers, but for the farmers who grew them commercially in great numbers in Little Compton, was erected by the state in 1954 a mile or so (about two kilometers) south of Adamsville.[clarification needed][citation needed]
Rhode Island Reds and Sussex are also used for many modern hybrid breeds. Many modern hybrid hens have Rhode Island Red fathers, mainly due to the prolific egg laying characteristic of the Rhode Island Red, which is passed down through the males.[citation needed] Rhode Island Reds cocks were hybridised with Black Shumen chicken and Starozagorska red chicken.[5][6]
A Rhode Island Red rooster.

The Reds are friendly chickens with a good nature. They are good pets for children, but they can get aggressive when annoyed (especially roosters).[citation needed]
Rhode Island Reds are tough birds, resistant to illness, good at foraging and free ranging, and typically docile, quiet, and friendly. Although they are widely known as good layers through cold periods, if the coop temperature drops below freezing (0 C (32 F)), their output drops considerably, and the tips of their combs become very susceptible to frostbite.[citation needed]
Most roosters will also attack strangers (humans or animals) if they feel nervous or have never seen the intruder. They are usually friendlier with familiar people, such as those responsible for feeding. Both hens and roosters are known to be aggressive with other chickens, especially in confinement.[citation needed] Rhode Island Red roosters have been known to kill intruding foxes or dogs.[citation needed]
Even though they can have an aggressive nature, if raised properly and lovingly, they can be very loving, even affectionate. They will come when called or when they can see their owner and will walk with them just as a dog would. Rhode Island Reds and their hybrid descendants will happily sit on their owner's lap, arms or even shoulders. These chickens care for each other as well, and often stay in a group.

Approximate weight
Cock3.9 kg8.5 lbsHen2.9 kg6.5 lbs

Frequent layers, Rhode Island Reds are noted for their brown eggs. Although they can sometimes be stubborn, they can end up producing up to 200 eggs a year but a healthy one can lay more. When free ranged, their first year eggs can be too large to fit comfortably in standard or medium egg cartons. Healthy hens can lay up to 67 eggs per week depending on their care and treatment. Rhode Island Red hens lay many more eggs than an average hen if provided plenty of quality feed.

An excelent link to more info on the breed!

Some pics of my flock. :)
Our lovelies:

We currently have:
1 standard blk cochin roo.
6 barred rocks.
3 rir's.
2 australorps.
1 rsl.
1 star bsl.
1 light brahma.
1 lemon blue cochin.
1 blue splash cochin.
3 standard blk cochins.
Getting rid of:
EE roo.
Copper Japanese roo, bantam.
Silver Japanese roo, bantam.

Chat away momas!

Leah52 09-23-2012 09:18 PM

Re: Chicken Moma chat thread. Share, Q&A, all things chicken!
Well tonight we had an embarrassing moment: we had to borrow eggs from the neighbors. lol I went to make pancakes for super and there were no eggs! I forgot the girls started molting, we did have one egg but we have a sneaky egg eating hen and she got to it before one of the kids could retrieve it. I guess I will be buying eggs for a few weeks!

Here is a funny pic I took a couple of weeks ago, my 19 month old son chasing two of the Brahmas across the yard while he screams "Bok bok?! Bok bok?!!". All of our girls are very tame and love to be held but they run for their lives when they see him coming because he will try to pick them up. lol

We have all hens:
Big Red and Ember, Red Stars
Junior, Black Star
Gloria and Joyce, Leghorns
Dairy Queen, French Fry and Wendy, Light Brahmas
Frank, Easter Egger...that lays brown eggs
Sweetie, Partridge Rock
Margaret, Buff Orpington.

Happy Mommax4 09-23-2012 10:05 PM

haha......gotta love Frank! I'll take pics tomorrow

3lilbubs 09-23-2012 11:03 PM

Re: Chicken Moma chat thread. Share, Q&A, all things chicken!
OH my gosh that's cute!!!

I'll have to do a separate folder too, I have too many photos now and if you just look through it you'd think I had 100 chickens or something. :blush: I love taking pics of them. hee hee! But for now, I have 15. One roo, and 14 hens of all different breeds.

OK, here's my flock. I tried to do the photos timeline-style and there's info about the breeds, names and personality in the captions. :)

sarahannecloud9 09-24-2012 05:10 AM

Re: Chicken Moma chat thread. Share, Q&A, all things chicken!
Yea, share some pics! And, :blush: I don't know your name. :( I'm so sorry.

Liz, That rooster is just amazeing! I think I have between 300-400 pics of them, haha. That's bad! Love the album! Mine is so jumbled, but I don't know how to move pics to other folders. Is Pippin an australorp? You mentioned Fred looking like one homely chick! it's funny because my roughest, nice way to put it, turned out to be my silver and copper bantamXcochin roos. And boy are they just the most lovely little fellows.

Well, after finally inspecting the 6 rocks, I'm positive the one that looked like a pullet is a cockeral! Errrr. How does this keep happening to me? The guy had a suspicion, but looked way less like one that the other cockerals from the clutch. They are getting healthy fast and his face is now bright red and has developed large waddles. His white bands are larger/longer, color is paler, and his legs are thicker with no grey, just bright yellow now. :banghead: I still can't find homes for the boys, if they don't by the time I fatted up the rock, I'll butcher them. I hate that because i'm too close to the 2 little men and Booboo chicken.

Leah52 09-24-2012 07:51 AM

Re: Chicken Moma chat thread. Share, Q&A, all things chicken!
I'm worried about my egg eater, is there any way to make her stop or do I have off her? We've tried getting out there to get the eggs as soon as we hear someone laying (the coop is right against the house so we can hear pretty well) but it seems like she is practically waiting by their butts for the eggs to fall out. :(

sarahannecloud9 09-24-2012 09:32 AM

Re: Chicken Moma chat thread. Share, Q&A, all things chicken!
I have done quite a bit of reading on just that. I did the research because I decided to feed my girls eggshell. Just wanted to research befor ehand. I did read one success story, but her girl had only done it once. Perhaps another moma may know of a solution, but as far as I knoe it's like crack for chickens. :( Hard to break. Is it possible to seperate her? A friend of mine has special slanted nest boxes where she collects outside. Hard to picture I know. it may just work. That's a hard situation to be in. It all boils down to how much she is a pet for you vs. the egg. I know for sure it can spread like wild fire! One see it and joins in and before you know it everyone is joining in on the fun. :(


3lilbubs 09-24-2012 09:36 AM

Re: Chicken Moma chat thread. Share, Q&A, all things chicken!
Well that's weird, it moved everything when I posted the link but the comments about breed and who's who is in the upper right corner next to the pic. Pippin and Rudy are black sexlinks. When they were babies the only way we could tell them apart was that one had white comb/feet and one had black comb/feet. Pippin has barely any gold on her, but Rudy has a whole mane of it.

Yup, this:
Turned into this!

I'm so sorry you keep getting stuck with roos. :(

Leah, I'm sure she is. :( From what I've read it's best to just butcher the egg eater because she'll never stop and she'll get the others doing it. You could build angled nests so that the egg would roll down into a basket where she can't get it but that may not stop her.

Hey I just thought of something, I have blinders that are temporary (clip on) if you want one let me know and I'll send it to you. They are great to keep around. They have solved a lot of picking behaviors in my flock without harming or isolating anyone. They might work for egg eating too as the function is to keep the bird from seeing directly in front of them to aim.

sarahannecloud9 09-24-2012 11:59 AM

Re: Chicken Moma chat thread. Share, Q&A, all things chicken!
I just LOVE pics!
Boy Liz, he really bloomed! Roos are just such lovely creatures;) Too bad they can't lay, haha!

Our lead hen, Mrs. Purdy!
(back right)


I built a new toy for the chickies this am! I can hide treats on it! Of course the reds were first to find it, lol!

3lilbubs 09-25-2012 11:22 AM

Re: Chicken Moma chat thread. Share, Q&A, all things chicken!
Good lord they are loud this am... I can't imagine what the mornings are going to sound like when the other 8 start laying. :hide: For every egg song the rooster freaks out too, bok bok and then a high picked Ba-GOK!!! He's pacing and shrieking pacing and shrieking. LOL

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