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New Hampshire Chickens

February 8th, 2011 at 13:32

New Hampshire Chickens Another Perfect Breed For The Beginner.

New Hampshire Chickens Background & Appearance.

new hampshire red chicken imageNew Hampshire chickens are a favorite in the US and are rapidly gaining popularity in the UK. The New Hampshire Red is derived from the Rhode Island Red chicken by selective breeding of certain characteristics, for instance; rapid full feathering, large brown egg laying and fast maturity. Only the rhodies blood line was used.

Although the large bird was developed in the New England region, the bantam variety was developed in the Netherlands.

They are classed as heavy and soft feathered and are slightly lighter in colour than the Rhode Island. The chestnut red colour has been added to by blue-marked and white examples, but showing is limited to the red.

They have a deep wide body and a medium length tail. These birds have a single comb with 5 points, which may flop slightly in the hens. They also show a smooth face, large wattles and oval red earlobes.

New Hampshire Reds, Egg Laying & Broodiness.

New Hampshires are super egg layers, they produce upto 6 brown eggs a week, a lot of which are double-yolkers. They also tolerate the colder months and lay well into winter.

The birds are not known as broody, but broodiness can occur sometimes.

The chicks develop quickly and are soon full feathered.

Caring For Your New Hampshires.

new hampshire red chickens

New Hampshires are another great chicken breed if you want to keep pet chickens they are handsome, productive and great for the novice keeper.

They are able to cope with cold weather, but pay attention to their combs in frosty periods as they may be susceptible to frost bite. Apply a little vaseline to the combs.

They are easy to tame and you’ll soon have them eating out of your hands. They also don’t mind being picked up by children.

New Hampshires thrive in a run or roaming free, they don’t need particularly high fencing either as they are not the best of fliers.

They’re popular exhibition birds and if you’re going to show your flock, these birds are easy to breed to competition standard in the chestnut-red colour.

New Hampshire Red Chickens Are An Attractive, Easy Going, Productive Chicken That Make Great Family Pets…

Here’s a New Hampshire Red Chicken along with a Buff Orpington Chicken on the porch, enjoy…

 

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