Rhode Island Reds are an excellent layer of dark brown eggs and the state bird of Rhode Island. These birds are dual-purpose and an old-time, well-known American breed. From day old to 20 weeks, pullets will consume 17 lbs. of feed. They are heat tolerant, mature rapidly and lay for months on end. Due to their egg laying abilities, they are a popular choice for backyard flocks. The breed is a dark reddish-brown from baby to maturity, with males having a green tail. Typically, females weigh 6.5 lbs. and males weigh 8.5 lbs.
Safe Handling Instructions:
It is important to care for and love your new poultry, but you must also protect yourself. Salmonella, a common cause of food borne illness, can be spread by direct contact with animals that carry the bacteria.
Some Safe Handling Tips are:
- Avoid contact with poultry manure. Adults should clean cages frequently.
- Carefully and thoroughly wash hands with soap and warm water after handing anything in the chicks environment.
- Do NOT nuzzle or kiss your chicks, ducklings, turkeys, etc.
- Keep poultry outside, and especially out of areas where food is prepared.
- Supervise children when handling poultry, and ensure they wash their hands after contact. Children under 5 years of age and people with weakened immune systems should not handle poultry.