Authentic Single comb Heritage RIR are a stunningly dark mahogany red.
Don't confuse what Breezy Bird Farms stock is offering to what the hatcheries are offering. Although Hatcheries have made the Rhode Island Red quite famous and popular. You might be surprised to find out that those hatchery chicks are not the authentic Rhode Island Red chicken and they don't want you to know this! Breezy Bird Farms is breeding the Rhode Island Red towards the Standard of Perfection. This means they are bred for quality. Quality meaning they are bred for specific traits listed in the standard perfection. This does not mean the birds are perfect and without flaw, however, the quality cannot be compared to the orange coloured and smaller version you will find for half the price at the hatcheries.
Real Authentic Quality Rhode Island Red have become somewhat of a Rare find, especially in Canada. It is quit challenging to come across good stock.
The Rhode Island Red hens are prolific layers, laying up to 260 brown eggs per year. The eggs are large and vary with beautiful shades of brown.
This hardy dual purpose breed lays eggs that are easy to hatch, grow and keep. Great beginner birds for those looking for eggs and meat. The cocks are not aggressive and treat their hens quite well. Chicks can be sexed at about six weeks of age. The cockerels at six weeks old sprout of larger reddish combs vs the females. The female comb will be smaller than the male.
Whether you are looking to conserve a pure heritage breed or just own a beautiful backyard bird for eggs, you are in for a treat with the Rhode Island Red. Despite their single comb, they are quite easy to winter in the Canadian Climate due to their hardy genetics. They do well in extreme heat or cold. Not only are they low maintenance and easy keepers, the birds themselves are easy going. These large robust birds are fit for the dinner table, free range well and will keep your breakfast table with an ample supply of large quality eggs. The breed is considered to be one of the most successful breeds of all time.