Monday, January 4, 2010

Goatucation: Actually Chickucation - The Rhode Island Red

It's Monday so you know what that means - it's time for Goatucation! 
But not today. Today I am going to do another Chickucation. I like to shake things up around this Farm. I will tell you all about the chickens on this Farm; the Rhode Island Red. (I will tell you about Blue Guy next week - he is the odd rooster out.)

The male person picked the Rhode Island Red mostly because the breed he really wanted (the publicist doesn't remember the name of it) produced medium sized eggs. When the publicist heard this she looked at the male person like he was crazy and said how to you expect me to bake anything around this Farm with medium sized eggs you fool I need large eggs, duh kindly told the male person she needed large eggs for baking so he went back to his research and chose the Rhode Island Red. Isn't he nice to the publicist? He also chose them because they are a very hardy breed of chicken and he knew they would be able to withstand Montana's cold winters. 

They are also very good at free ranging; just ask the horses across the street.

The Rhode Island Red was developed in, well, Rhode Island as a dual purpose bird. That means they are good for both laying eggs and for their meat. 
The rooster

 can get to 8 1/2 pound and get to be a little  
The hen

is usually around 6 1/2 pounds. They are much nicer to the publicist. You will note from the comments above that she has some problems with the roosters. Heh heh.

The Reds lay brown eggs. 
This is a very interesting chicken fact; chickens with red/brown feathers lay brown eggs. Chickens with white feathers lay white eggs.

There - you have been Chickucated! 

Tomorrow: The does get their pine

I have just come to realize that January 5th will be my 1 year Blogoversary. I am very happy about this and will be planning something special for all of my wonderful readers. 



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