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American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
Rhode Island White
Developed in Rhode Island in 1888, the Rhode Island White chicken breed was developed by crossing White Wyandottes with Partridge Cochins and rose-comb White Leghorns. The breed was successful until the 1960s, when numbers began to decline. With less than 3,000 individuals in existence, these easy-going, all-white chickens are considered rare and are on the American Livestock Breed Conservancy’s Priority Watch list.
Weight: 6½ to 8½ pounds
Urban Uses: This dual-purpose chicken provides both meat and eggs.
Egg Size: Large
Second Thoughts: This chicken may be too large for a small urban farm.
Breed Association: American Poultry Association