RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKENS

ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKENS THAT WE HATCH HERE AT OLD BIDDY HATCHERY IN BURLINGTON, NC!!!

RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKENS
RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKENS AT OLD BIDDY HATCHERY

RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKENS ARE OUR MAIN FOCUS HERE AT OLD BIDDY HATCHERY! WE LOVE THEM! WHY? LET ME TELL YOU WHY!

ACTUALLY, I’LL GET TO THAT IN JUST A MINUTE BUT LET ME START AT THE BEGINNING!!!

RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKS
NEW HATCH HERITAGE BREED RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKENS

WHEN I FIRST GOT CHICKENS, I GOT SOME THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKENS BUT THEY WEREN’T THE RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKENS MY GRANDMA HAD NOR THE ONES I GREW UP WITH. THESE WERE LARGER BIRDS AND THEY WEREN’T FRIENDLY…SOME WERE DOWN RIGHT MEAN!

COME TO FIND OUT THERE IS TWO BREEDS OF RHODE ISLAND REDS…PRODUCTION AND HERITAGE.

HATCHERY IN NORTH CAROLINA
OLD BIDDY HATCHERY’S HERITAGE BREED RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKENS.

MY GRANDMA HAD HERITAGE BREED AND THEY WERE VERY FRIENDLY! THAT’S WHAT I WANTED AND THAT’S WHAT I GOT!!! THESE CHICKENS ARE TERRIFIC PETS AND LAY LOT’S OF EGGS TOO!!! MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO BUY MY RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKENS CALL ME BACK AND TELL ME HOW MUCH THEY LOVE THEM AND HOW MUCH THEIR KIDS CARRY THEM AROUND…I LOVE TO HEAR HOW PLEASED THEY ARE!!! 

NOW MY GRANDCHILDREN PLAY WITH THESE AND CARRY THEM AROUND, I HOPE IN YEARS TO COME THEY WILL REMEMBER PAW-PAW AND GRANNY’S CHICKENS LIKE I DO MY CHILDHOOD DAYS.

THE PRODUCTION BREED WAS A HYBRID OF SOME KIND FOR COMMERCIAL LAYING HOUSES AND WERE BRED TO LAY BETTER BUT LAY OUT QUICKER. THE OLD HERITAGE BREED HAS 3-5 YEARS OF GOOD LAYING IN THEM. PRODUCTION HAS ONLY 2-3 AT BEST!

HERITAGE BREED RHODE ISLAND RED ROOSTER

I GOT TO LOOKING AROUND AFTER I LEARNED THE DIFFERENCE AND FOUND AN OLD FARM THAT HAD OWNED RHODE ISLAND REDS SINCE THE 1920s AND I GOT MY ORIGINAL STOCK FROM THE WOMAN WHO OWNED THE FARM. SHE WAS 70 WHEN I GOT THE CHICKENS AND THEY WERE HER AUNTS CHICKENS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD!

THESE ARE THE RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKENS I WAS LOOKING FOR!!!

RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKS
NEW HATCH OF HERITAGE BREED RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKS

I FOUND OUT AS TIME WENT ON THESE TRUE HERITAGE BREED RHODE ISLAND REDS WERE ACTUALLY SOMEWHAT ENDANGERED AND I’M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT I HATCH AND SELL SEVERAL EACH YEAR. MY HOPE IS THAT SOME PEOPLE BESIDES ME WILL KEEP THE BREED PURE SO IT CAN AND WILL GO ON FOR YEARS TO COME! 

BELIEVE IT OR NOT FARM ANIMALS ARE THE NUMBER ONE GROUP OF ANIMALS FACING EXTINCTION!!! I HAD NO IDEA!!! 

THE REASON IS THAT AS THE FARMING INDUSTRY CREATES THE NEWER BETTER HYBRID ANIMAL THEY LET THE ORIGINAL HERITAGE BREED DIE OUT AND IT CAN NEVER BE REPLACED!!!

I GUESS THIS IS WHERE I START TELLING YOU WHY I LOVE HERITAGE BREED RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKENS!!!

THE HERITAGE BREED RHODE ISLAND RED HENS BECOME BROODY AND ARE GREAT MOTHERS. I LIKE THAT! I LOVE TO WATCH A MAMA HEN TEACHING HER CHICKS HOW TO EAT AND HOW TO FORAGE. THEY TEACH THEM HOW TO HIDE AND WHAT TO BE AFRAID OF…IT’S REALLY INTERESTING TO WATCH CHICKENS! MAKE NO MISTAKE…THEY ARE NOT “DUMB ANIMALS”!!!

HERITAGE BREED RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKS

WE NOW HAVE HERITAGE BREED RHODE ISLAND RED BABY CHICKS RIGHT HERE IN BURLINGTON, NC! WE KEEP A GREAT SELECTION OF NEW HATCH BABY CHICKS UP TO COOP READY SIZES ALMOST ALL YEAR LONG…AT LEAST WE TRY!!!

MOST YEARS WE DON’T HATCH IN DECEMBER OR JANUARY BECAUSE IT’S PRETTY COLD AND IT’S HARD TO KEEP THE BABIES WARM.

WE ALSO USE THIS TIME TO DEEP CLEAN EQUIPMENT, INCUBATORS AND BROODERS. EVERYTHING NEEDS A DEEP CLEANING AND STERILIZING! THIS GIVES US TIME TO GET IT DONE!

HERITAGE BREED RHODE ISLAND RED
RHODE ISLAND RED CHICKS ARE USUALLY COOP READY AT ABOUT 8 WEEKS

OUR HERITAGE BREED RHODE ISLAND BABY CHICKS START HATCHING IN FEBRUARY USUALLY AND THEN WE HAVE COOP READY AS THEY GROW UP WHICH MEANS THE FIRST COOP READY PULLETS ARE AVAILABLE AROUND THE END OF APRIL OR MID MAY DEPENDING ON HOW MANY BABY CHICKS DON’T GET SOLD BEFORE THEY GROW UP. MANY TIMES THE FIRST BABY CHICKS GET SOLD SO FAST THEY DON’T MAKE IT TO COOP SIZE, WHICH IS GOOD FOR US BUT IT MEANS YOU SOMETIMES HAVE TO WAIT A LITTLE LONGER IF YOU WANT OLDER CHICKS.