New Hampshire Red - Females
This breed originates from 1915, where it was bred from the Rhode Island Red in New Hampshire. Although the birds are related to the Rhode Island Red, they are very different in coloring and body shape from the Rhode Island Red. The New Hampshire Red was originally bred for its' eggs but they have gained a reputation as a good table bird. The body is well rounded with a deep full breast and medium length tail. The head is deep and rather flat on top with prominent eyes, a single comb with five points, smooth face, large wattles and oval red earlobes. The legs are yellow and the lower thighs are large and muscular with feet that have four toes. The feathers are a lovely deep chestnut red and are fluffy and full.
The chicks are quick to feather up and mature quickly. The hens lay well and are placid and friendly and are, therefore, easy to tame. They thrive in a run or wandering free and as they are not good fliers, they do not need particularly high fencing. They are not aggressive towards each other and are tolerant creatures. They do not have a tendency towards broodiness although it can occur occasionally. The New Hampshire red is a good winter layer. They are able to cope with cold weather, however, care should be taken as their comb is subject to frostbite.