Though very similar, Rhode Island Whites are a completely different breed from their more popular counterpart, the Rhode Island Red. They do both originate in the state of Rhode Island, but the Rhode Island White was developed 50 years later.
Rhode Island White Chickens are hardy and even-tempered birds. They are all white with bright red wattles and single combs. They have yellow legs and feet.
Rhode Island White Chickens are adaptable, truly all-purpose chickens. They do just fine in confinement as well as in free-range environments. They get along with other chickens. They are an overall great barnyard bird.
Rhode Island White Chickens were developed by efforts started in 1888 by Poultry farmer, John Alonzo Jocoy, in Peacedale, Rhode Island. His breeding program consisted of mixing rosecomb White Leghorns with Partridge Cochins and White Wyandottes. As the breeding developed, the birds took on more of the sturdy and brick-like shape of the Rhode Island Red and looked less and less like Leghorns or Wyandottes. The rose comb Rhode Island White Chickens were admitted to the APA Standard of Perfection in 1922. Although the breed has always had a loyal following, it is still quite rare and has never reached the popularity of the Rhode Island Red. This is surprising because except for its white coloring this breed is just as productive and hardy.
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