First, you must know your New Hampshire Red Chicks will grow into a great dual purpose bird! They’re better at producing meat than laying eggs.
Second, New Hampshire Red Chickens descended from Rhode Island Reds. This American breed differs from their predecessor. Rhode Island Reds can be a little aggressive. It’s rare to find aggressive behavior in New Hampshire Red Chickens because farmers have spent the last 30 years developing a calm, docile and friendly breed. This means you’ll love your birds for their temperament and their production.
Third, New Hampshire Red Baby Chicks mature quickly and weigh between 5 lbs to 7 lbs before producing a modest amount of brown eggs. Hens may lay 200 large eggs per year and may become broody. Not to worry. It’s a common behavior. Historically, these birds grow and fill out quickly which makes them an excellent choice for meat production. Your birds will grow to have a deep, broad body, and you’ll be pleased to see their feathers will grow in quickly and have the rich, reddish-brownish coloring. Don’t be surprised if the neighbors gush over their coloring. The neighbors won’t be fussing over the noise. New Hampshire Red Chickens are quiet, intelligent and friendly birds.
Fourth, as the chickens mature their skin will turn yellow. Their legs will be yellow, too, without feathering. They’ll grow a single comb, which in females, may flop down over her eye. Their combs may fade in the sun and may be sensitive to frostbite. That said, they’re cold hardy.
Finally, New Hampshire Red Chickens handle confinement well. They do well in free range systems, too.