Rhode Island Reds are the official Rhode Island state bird. The Rhode Island Red rust-feathered chickens are considered the classic backyard chicken breed. It is a dual-purpose medium heavy fowl. Its dark colored pinfeathers and its good rate of lay make it more useful for egg production than meat production.
A suitable sized regulator disc is helpful when feeding these chickens. The 3/8-inch regulator disc from PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Chicken Feeder can be used when crumble or milo constitutes the feed. For corn, the apt size of the regulator disc would be ¾-inch. The health and productivity of the chickens is dependent on the feed it receives. It is, therefore, important to include correct nutrients, vitamins and minerals in their diet.
Rhode Island Red is considered an all-in-all bird. It lays well, it is good as meat and in general, a hardy breed. Its tolerance for cold climates is an additional plus in its favor. If you are looking to start a coop and are unsure which breed to raise, Rhode Island Red is a good choice. For small flock owners, Rhode Island Reds are a good choice. They can survive on minimal diets and poor housing conditions better than other breeds and yet produce eggs.
An interesting fact about the Rhode Island Red is that it was developed in the New England states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. There was the influence of Malay blood in the early flocks that often had both single and rose combed individuals. Thanks to the Malay blood, the Rhode Island Red has its deep color, strong disposition and hard feathers.