Rhode Island Red

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Rhode Island Red
Rhode Island Red rooster
Conservation statusLivestock Conservancy: watch[1]
Other namesRhode Islands
Country of originUnited States
  • Male:
    • Standard: 3.9 kg (8.6 lb)
    • Bantam: 965 g (34.0 oz)[2]: 71 
  • Female:
    • Standard: 3 kg (6.6 lb)
    • Bantam: 850 g (30 oz)[2]: 71    
Skin coloryellow
Egg colorbrown[2]: 70 
Comb typesingle or rose
PCGBsoft feather: heavy[5]

The Rhode Island Red is an American breed of chicken. It is the state bird of Rhode Island.[2]: 70  It was developed there and in Massachusetts in the late nineteenth century. It was developed by cross-breeding birds of Oriental origin such as the Malay with brown Leghorn birds from Italy. It was farmed for meat and eggs. Modern types have been bred for their eggs. The traditional non-industrial types of the Rhode Island Red are listed as "watch" (medium conservation priority, between "recovering" and "threatened") by The Livestock Conservancy.[1] It is not the same breed as the Rhode Island White.[2]: 70 

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Conservation Priority List. The Livestock Conservancy. Accessed February 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Carol Ekarius (2007). Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds. North Adams, Massachusetts: Storey Publishing. ISBN 9781580176675.
  3. APA Recognized Breeds and Varieties: As of January 1, 2012. American Poultry Association. Archived 4 November 2017.
  4. Liste des races et variétés homologuée dans les pays EE (28.04.2013). Entente Européenne d’Aviculture et de Cuniculture. Archived 16 June 2013.
  5. Breed Classification. Poultry Club of Great Britain. Archived 12 June 2018.