By keeping small families within this strain I have maintained genetic diversity to increase their vigor and size.
The grandparents of this years (2015's) chicks came from XW Poultry Ranch.
My birds are pure New Hampshires, not New Hampshire Reds. New Hampshire Reds are breed for production and should not be confused with New Hampshires.
New Hampshires are a breed of chicken developed in 1915 by selectively breeding Rhode Island Reds. They were later accepted into the Book of Standards in 1935 under the American Class. In addition to being a fine breed by themselves they are also involved in the creation of Sex-Links and the Delaware breed.
Though being from an exhibition line, my New Hampshires are bred for both the Standard and our table. They have been nearly as productive as my production line, I typically get 5 (large brown) eggs per hen per week.
My New Hampshires have been very calm and friendly, greeting me at the door; they love attention. They are also fairly inquisitive, being rather good foragers. I have also had a few hens who have shown an interest in going broody.
The New Hampshire Chicken Standard For Shape