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.
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.