About New Hampshire Chickens
or New Hampshire Red, chickens were developed to be quick with eggs and heavy
with meat. They tend to produce quite a lot of brown eggs each year. They
mature quickly, meaning they can be fattened up and cooked much sooner than
Reds are very easy to tame and are generally very friendly. They are laid back
and content to just lay eggs and be raised for dinner. Despite being so
relaxed, they are quite active and do well in a nice open space where they can
run about and forage. When kept with their same breed, the issue of aggression
doesn't generally come up.
Reds are big birds with their distinctive red color with bluish or black
feathers on the end of the tail. Their tail itself is fairly short but spread
and carried rather well. They have medium-sized single red combs, red ear-lobes,
red eyes, and yellow legs.
Reds are very easy to keep as they don't need much. Being heavy birds they
aren't really able to fly much, so a short fence is all you need to keep them
contained. If you plan on raising hens for show, however, take note that when a
young hen molts, her feathers will be a much more vibrant reddish brown. This
color will fade under the influence of laying and sunlight, so if you plan on
showing them with this specific color, add extra shade in their run and make
sure to show them as soon as possible.