Uses: Utility – eggs and meat.
Origin: UK. Eggs: 180 to 200.
Weight: Cock: 3.85 Kg. Hen: 2.9 Kg.
Bantam: Cock: 1020 g. Hen: 790 Kg.
Colour: Red with fine buff barring.
Useful to Know: The Rhodebar is a rare utility bird and if bred correctly, a good strain should be capable of producing up to 200 brown tinted eggs during their first season of lay. The Rhodebar is an auto sexing breed which makes it economical to raise.
Photo: A Rhodebar male owned by Mark Anderson-Howe.
The Rhodebar chicken is a rare, autosexing breed that was originally created in the UK during 1947 from crosses of Golden Brussbar cockerels and Rhode Island Red hens. It was first called a Redbar but later took the name of Rhodebar.
The Rhodebar has a full breast and a deep, broad body with a long back. They are a deep reddish colour with fine buff barring. They have a single upright comb, rounded wattles and a short beak. Legs and feet are yellow and they have 4 toes. The tail is small with a black tip to the feathers. Sexing day old chicks is fairly straightforward. Yellow chicks are the males and the females should have dark stripes or barring down their backs. Adult birds look very similar to Rhode Island Reds in shape and colouring but have a black tip to the tail.
If egg numbers are low, fresh blood can be introduced into your strain if you find some good utility Rhode Island Red hens and you can put your Rhodebar cockerel over these hens. The offspring from this mating will give you pure hens but the cockerels will not breed true. Next, put your Rhodebar cockerel over these pure Rhodebar hens. The offspring will now all be pure and you can continue with your line, hopefully now with increased egg numbers.
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