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Heidi Strawn
February 4, 2011

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

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Urban Uses: This dual-purpose chicken provides both meat and eggs.

Egg Size: Large

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