Rhode Island Reds


Here at Cornerstone Poultry, we breed purebred Rhode Island Reds, completely different from the Red Sex Link birds. These are a heritage breed that are a dark mahogany red and easy going in nature. We find them to be good egg layers (4-5/wk), consistently producing extra large brown eggs. They have proven to be cold hardy and have continued to lay all winter long.

Our birds all originated from an old breeder out of Pennsylvania. He spent decades successfully showing birds until when more recently he became frustrate with their production and began breeding egg production back into his flock.

Although we will select breeding stock that fit the breed standards, the purpose of our flock of Rhode Island Reds will be compete with the Red Sex Link birds we have relied on in the past. Seeing that the Rhode Island Reds were originally designed for egg product, we will be looking to perpetuate high production birds true to type.

Additional Information

Links to more information on the Rhode Island Red Breed

If you plan on breeding Rhode Island Reds, we highly recommend that you become a member of the Rhode Island Red Club of America. It is a great way to meet other breeders and learn more about the breed.

Rhode Island Red Club of America

Rhode Island Red Club of America Membership



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  6 Responses to “Rhode Island Reds”

  1. Hi , just wondering what the mature size of the Light Sussex is? I first wanted to try the Delaware but seems the LS has more of the characteristics that I like . thank you, Mark Gillenwater, Renick,WV.

    • Our Light Sussex hens are roughly 6 lbs. I would consider them a medium size bird. Mark, what specific characteristics are you looking for / do you like? We have a few Delawares in the past. I would say they lay a little better than the Light Sussex but the Light Sussex are definitely friendlier.

      Thanks for stopping by,

  2. HI Janet, honestly I am having a hard time choosing a breed. Trying something new for our farm is exciting but can be very expensive if it doesn’t work out. I like the looks of the N.Hampshires but it seems the RIR outlays them. The Australorps lay well if one likes their color. We only keep about a dozen laying hens a rooster . With the right choice I will raise some replacements later on.The hens need to be productive as their eggs pay for the feed.They get to roam around the barn and pasture fields in the evenings and need to be non-aggresive .I know some roos can be that way regardless of the breed but some descriptions list the RIR as more so. With the selective breeding program behind this strain that shouldn’t be a problem. Do the German NH. lay about the same as the RIR? I had a hatchery flock several years ago and really liked them……I know of no one here that has any Light Sussex to look at. As I won’t be showing egg laying is more important to me . Thank you for offering some good choices ,looking forward to your updated fro sale list for 2013………Mark Gillenwater,Renick,WV.

    • Mark,

      In the past our best brown egg layers have always been our RIR. They are not quite as big as our old Australorps or Coronation Sussex so in theory should eat a little less I guess. They have also always done well in the winter, laying pretty steady with the use of artificial light. I will tell you, the young show RIR we brought into the flock have been slower maturing but are hands above our older stock in type. We have never once had issues with RIR roos. But we cull hard when they are young and will not tolerate an aggressive rooster no matter how good looking he is. And although the RIR are not lovey dovey like our Coronation Sussex, they are definitely not flighty and are very easy to manage.

      Our small flock of German NH are relatively young and are still a work in progress. I don’t expect them to out lay our RIR, but their demeanour and temperament are very similar to the RIR.

      Good luck deciding! All part of the fun of raising chickens! :)


      • Hi Janet, read over your home page and found an interesting nugget.When you go to the barn might as well like what you see.This describes my choice for wanting the German New Hamps. My wife likes them aslo better than the RIR.
        I realize your numbers are limited but if you are going to have any extra ,about 12 or so let me know. That will give me a good start. Yes deciding is part of the joy of raising chickens.It was a big part as to choosing to use Suffolk Punch draft horses on our small farm and they were and still are the right choice for us so I like to give a lot of thought to my decisions……thank you…………Mark

  3. Is your RIR out of the Kettle line?