New Hampshire Reds make an excellent, dual-purpose choice for the small farmyard or backyard flock. They mature quickly, are cold-hardy, and produce a good number of eggs. New Hampshire Reds sport a single comb.
Production: You can expect approximately 200-280 brown eggs per year from one hen, and they are known to be reliable layers. The hens are broody. New Hampshire's will also grow to a good table weight relatively quickly, having a yellow skin color.
Temperament: Breeders and owners report that New Hampshire's are friendly, and prefer to free-range as they are good foragers, but handle confinement well.
History: Often a new breed is developed by crossing multiple breeds with desirable characteristics. The case was a bit different for New Hampshire Reds. They were derived directly from Rhode Island Reds, through selective breeding.
Beginning in the early 1900s, farmers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire used birds with broad, deep bodies that matured quickly for breeding. While Rhode Island Reds have always been known for their prolific laying abilities, New Hampshire Reds are known as excellent meat birds.
The breed was recognized by the American Poultry Association and included in the Standard of Perfection in 1935.
APA Class: American
Color Description: While the official name of the breed is New Hampshire Chicken, they are often called New Hampshire Reds due to their rich, red coloring. Males and females are the same, consistent, deep red.
Conservation Status: Watch
Weight: Cockerel 7.5 lbs, Pullet 5.5 lbs