New Hampshire chicken

The New Hampshire chicken is a breed of domestic chicken that was developed in the state of New Hampshire in the United States of America. It was developed using Rhode Island red chickens and selective breeding was used to produce a different breed with rapid maturity and feather growth and enhanced egg laying abilities. The breed was accepted as an official breed by the American Poultry Association in 1935.

The New Hampshire chicken varies in weight depending upon the sex, with cocks reaching an average weight of 8.5 pounds and hens reaching a weight of 6.5 pounds. The body is broad and the feathers are typically light red to medium red in color, although they can fade from exposure to sunlight. Members of this breed hold a medium sized single comb, which can fall to the side on females. This breed is aggressive with other breeds, but hens lay a moderate amount of large white eggs and the breed as a whole is said to produce good meat.

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