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Rhode Island Red

 

a breed of chickens raised for meat and eggs. The Rhode Island Red was developed in the United States (Rhode Island and Massachusetts) between 1840 and 1850 by crossing local hens with Shanghai (from India) and Red Malay roosters. The crossbreeds were bred with Brown Leghorns. The plumage is reddish brown, with a black tail having a greenish cast. The males weigh 3.4–3.5 kg, and the females 2.4-2.6 kg. The egg yield is 170 to 180, with some lines laying as many as 210 to 215 eggs. Rhode Island Reds are found in several countries, including the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Denmark, Austria, and Japan. In the USSR, the breed is raised in Novosibirsk Oblast, Stavropol’ Krai, the Ukrainian SSR, and the Lithuanian SSR.

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