Heritage Chickens


Sketched chicken

Breed Facts

Status:
Watch

Use:
Meat

Egg Color:
Brown

Egg Size:
Large

Market Weight:
6.5 – 8.5 lbs

Temperament:
Competative and Agressive

Characteristics:
Grow feathers very rapidly, prone to go broody, make good mothers

NEW HAMPSHIRE CHICKEN

New Hampshires are a relatively new breed, having been admitted to the Standard in 1935. They represent a specialized selection out of the Rhode Island Red breed. By intensive selection for rapid growth, fast feathering, early maturity and vigor, a different breed gradually emerged. This took place in the New England states-chiefly in Massachusetts and New Hampshire from which it takes its name.

New Hampshire Chicken

They possess a deep, broad body, grow feathers very rapidly, are prone to go broody and make good mothers. Most pin feathers are a reddish buff in color and, therefore, do not detract from the carcass appearance very much. The color is a medium to light red and often fades in the sunshine. The comb is single and medium to large in size; in the females it often lops over a bit. These good, medium sized meat chickens have fair egg laying ability. Some strains lay eggs of a dark brown shell color. New Hampshires are competitive and aggressive. They were initially used in the Chicken of Tomorrow contests, which led the way for the modern broiler industry.

From: Chicken Breeds and Varieties (A2880), John L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Did you know:
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Heritage Chickens


Sketched chicken

Breed Facts

Status:
Watch

Use:
Meat

Egg Color:
Brown

Egg Size:
Large

Market Weight:
6.5 – 8.5 lbs

Temperament:
Competative and Agressive

Characteristics:
Grow feathers very rapidly, prone to go broody, make good mothers

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