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Rhode Island Reds
2014 Delivery Dates
Catalog Number Description 1-5 6-15 16-24 25-49 50-99 100 or more How Many
RIRC Males $2.11 $1.86 $1.76 $1.52 $1.45 $1.34
RIRP Females $3.22 $2.97 $2.90 $2.73 $2.67 $2.57
RIRS Straight Run $2.82 $2.57 $2.50 $2.35 $2.32 $2.28
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Availability Display below is for the next several hatches. This breed is available for future dates. You can pick the date during the check out process. Green: available. Blue: limited availability. Red: not available.
Quick Stats
Type: standard
Class: Production
Egg Color: brown
Egg Size: extra large
Egg Production: best
Meat Production: better
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Heat Tolerance: better
Cold Tolerance: excellent
Disposition: better
Weeks to Maturity: 19
Freerange: good
Skin Color: yellow
Feather Color: red
Comb Type: single
Likely to sit on eggs: not at all likely
Bird Size: extra large
Exotic: no
Leg Style: clean
Head Style: regular
Male Mature Weight: 8.5 lbs
Female Mature Weight: 6.5 lbs
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This is one of the most famous and all time popular breeds of truly American chickens. Developed in the early part of this century in the state of the same name, they have maintained their reputation as a dual purpose fowl through the years. Outstanding for production qualities, they have led the contests for brown egg layers time after time. No other heavy breed lays more or better eggs than the Rhode Island Reds. Our "production" strain is keeping up the fine reputation of this old favorite. Baby chicks are a rusty red color and the mature birds are a variety of mahogany red.
As a reminder, to help ensure a safe arrival to you, the minimum number of chicks for each order prior to April 1st is 25. On and after April 1st, the minimum number of chicks required is 15. You can mix and match any type of baby chick in your order to reach the applicable chick minimum order. If ordering any bantams, we require a minimum of 15 bantams per order.
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Customer Product Reviews
An order of Rhode Islands showed up today. The birds were lively and active and I was impressed. We lost one bird but even with the lost bird we still got all that we ordered because we were sent an extra bird. Thanks for the great delivery McMurray!.
The chicks are doing great! They got here this morning and loving their new home! I ordered 25 and 1 rare breed but I also got an extra Rhode Island Red:) Can't wait till they start laying! They are beautiful and healthy! Can't wait to order from McMurray again when I get some meat birds!
Got my order of Rhode Island Reds on Monday morning and all the chicks are adapting to their new home very well. This is my second order of chicks from McMurrays but won't be my last. My first order of chicks, now hens, have been laying lots of eggs. I could not be happier with McMurray.
My Rhode Island Red chickens are great. My hens have been laying for a little over a month now and the eggs they're producing are enormous. These are wonderful chickens. Thank you McMurray!
I was concerned about "mail order" chickens, but we received them quickly and all in great health! They were beautiful little peepers and are doing quite well. They have attained an age of 3 months at this point. Thank you McMurray Hatchery!
By far the best batch of chicks I ever got from McMurray.The Rhode Island Reds are laying non stop, beautiful healthy birds, incredible egg laying machines. Best birds ever.
We received out Rhode Island Reds and all are beautiful. I had ordered 100 pullets and received 105; although one chick did not survive the shipping we have 5 extras to make up for it. They are doing great and I cannot wait to do business with you again.
We received our Rhode Island Red chicks today, 8/7/11. All were doing great. It was a pleasure doing business with you. I will continue to do business with you in the future. Thanks again to all the staff.
I recievred my RIR chicks almost a month ago, and they are growing twice the rate as normal chicks do. They are almost ready to be put in the coop i have built them, but not yet. MURRAY MCMURRAY HATCHERY IS THE BEST!
Ok, I received my RIR's on March 14th, so I have to guess they hatched on March 12 or 13. On July 16th (4 MONTHS and 2 DAYS later) I got my first egg! and I've had an egg waiting for me every day since. I ordered 23 pullets, 2 cockerels. Once everyone finished "can I have 1 or 2'ing" me, I have 9 hens and 1 rooster (Moses) left. BTW, Moses is the BEST rooster - he herds them all in at night and (I swear) stands there and counts them to make sure they're all there! I LOVE my chickens!! Thank you MMH!! :) Here's a pic of Moses.
We ordered Rhode Island Reds and Barred Rock chicks. All of them arrived healthy and happy. We are very pleased with the quality of the chicks, and we cannot wait to see what our rare chick turns out to be. Of course, keeping our five-year old twins out of the brooder pen is turning out to be quite a chore! Thank you for the wonderful babies!
These chickens are good egg layers, and I am going to buy more.
I have had my birds (Rhode Island Reds) for 2 weeks. OMG they are beautiful. My 7 yr old granddaughter lives with us, and when she saw the babies, of course she had to name them. I still do not know what the exotic bird is, but I know who he is (Kevin) and believe it or not, he too knows his name. Next on our list is Silkies and may a few Guineas and maybe a couple of Peacocks. Thank you for the beautiful babies.
This picture was taken within minutes after receiving. My chicks are 1 week old today 11/9/10, and they are such lively, absolutely gorgeous and healthy little ladies, and 1 gentleman, that anyone could want. I am 62 years young, and I have had chickens almost all my life. I appreciate very much the excellent quality peeps that I've received from McMurray hatchery and most certainly will be ordering a few more (different breeds) in the coming months. Can't wait to see what the rare/exotic one will look like when grown. A beautiful little bluish peep right now.
After retiring from the military, I started a small family "genteman's farm". My folks supplied us with a run of 25 Rhode Island Reds from Murray McMurray as a housewarming gift. I cannot express my deep and rich satisfaction with this breed fully. The girls are consistent layers, and their temperament is so friendly, they make the perfect gift for my children! Our production has FAR exceeded all of my expectations, and we're looking forward to breeding them this fall. Thank you Murray McMurray for making my family's dreams of retirement from Military Service come true!
LOVE the RIR's! They are fantastic! The coop feels very empty without them. They have personality and will make you laugh from the very first day! GREAT layers and their plumage is thick and beautiful. All around, a great addition to the coop!
I am so pleased with my order of babies that I received a few weeks ago. It was my first time ordering from you. All the chicks were healthy when they arrived and are growing every day. They are almost 4 weeks old now and have almost finished molting. They are so adorable. Several will eat right out of my hand!
Rhode Island Reds are one heck of a bird. I ordered 30 females and 5 males. I received them in April of 2010. They are 4 months old now, and some of the pullets are laying eggs already. Pretty good considering I wasn't expecting them to start laying until they were around 6 months old. I would like to thank the folks at Murray McMurray Hatchery on a job well done on the packing of my birds and the shipping procedure. All the birds were chirping away and were full of energy and went right to the feed and water when I got them to the house. I would not hesitate one second referring Murray McMurray Hatchery to anyone. They are the best, simple as that.
We are just thrilled with the Rhode Island Red pullets we ordered from Murray McMurray Hatchery. They are SO docile and friendly, they are almost a pest when you go out to them. You have to slide your feet along the ground to keep from stepping on their toes as they clamor around you. We are looking forward to more fresh eggs soon. Thank you Murray McMurray Hatchery, your RIRs are GREAT !!
All the chicks were healthy, and the Rhode Island Reds are just a delight to watch. They are full of energy. We will be purchasing more chicks very soon.
I picked up my chicks at the Post Office on the 14th of June. It was so thrilling. I ordered 25 chicks. 19 of them are rhode Island reds. The chicks arrived very healthy and curious. They started eating and drinking as soon as I took them out of the box. I dipped their beaks in the water and then showed them the food. They seem so happy. All of my chicks, including my mystery chick is doing well. I can't believe how healthy they are!!! I will order again. Thank you so much.
I've tried several other hatcheries' Rhode Island Reds, but, hands down, McMurray's strain is the BEST steady and prolific layers I've gotten for brown eggs. When the hens get past their prime, they make the best chicken soup and dumplings around. I most strongly recommend McMurry for any poultry needs. Their staff is to be commended for their courtesy and helpfulness with questions and recommendations. Thanks again, McMurry!
You can't beat Rhode Island Reds for year-round egg production in a homestead setting. We sell our eggs, and I used to buy sex-linked crosses to get the largest number of eggs, but I soon switched to Rhode Island Redss and have stuck with them for years. They're calm, friendly, winter hardy, and excellent layers.
Recently I decided to start raising chickens in my back yard. After a lot of research, I settled on your Rhode Island Reds. I purchased them on 11/17/2009 and used your website and catalog to learn how to care for them. I followed your website strictly and was so excited to see that after only 4 1/2 months they started laying eggs. I will alway get my chickens from you. Thanks for your wonderful direction. I plan on buying more chickens in about 1 year. I will always do business with you.
Two years ago we got a buch of RIR's. The hens lay great big brown eggs and the roosters are sweet. I would realy recomend get yourself some rhode island reds.
I love them they lay lots of eggs and they are large eggs. I think the bird is pretty awesome. I only have a few of them, but I get about one egg per bird one day.
Thank you McMurray Hatchery! We ordered 25 Rhode Island Red hens and 1 rooster last spring, and all arrived in great shape. All grew well, and the hens started laying eggs at around 5 months. Even in January, at 12 degrees temperature, we are getting at least a dozen eggs. The chickens are doing so well. We are planning to order some meat chickens this spring for the freezer. Again, thank you for your outstanding chickens. Carl Wilkey
These chickens are amazing. I got 25 of them last year. They started laying at 5 months and they are laying like crazy! These chickens are egg laying machines. Your service is great. They came happy and energetic. I am looking forward to doing more business with you. Kosta New Hampshire
I ordered Rhode Island Reds last year and I am so glad that I did. They just started laying eggs a couple of months ago and now we are getting 10 a day. I would recommend Murray Mcmurray Hatchery to everyone who has a love for chickens and is interested in purchasing chickens.
These are the best birds ever! I ordered 25 last year and they are all still alive! They lay great eggs and always greet me when I go out to collect the eggs.
RIR are awesome chickens. I received 20 last year and they are all still laying. The best part about them is that they are more pets then farm chickens. They are just so sweet. Thanks
I love my RIR they are beautiful and great personality.I thank overyone at MCmurray Hatchery I will be ordering again.THANKS AGAIN...I LOVE MY BABIES.
Very happy with our RIR,ordered 24 pullets & 2 cockerls back in Feb. All are doing great,waiting for our first eggs any day now.
I just received my RIR for the first time and they are great! They lay big, brown eggs every day and they are very hardy. Thanks again.
I have had RIR for 4 years now and they are still running and looking like they were a year old! They are still VERY healthy and happy. I LOVE RIR!
This was my first attempt at raising chickens and I didn’t lose a single one. I am amazed at the health of the birds. All the birds are still in perfect health after 8 months and laying like crazy now. Thanks
I received some Rhode Island Reds over a year ago and they are some of the hardiest breed of chickens I ever seen. They didn't go in the coop and survived the winter...WOW
We received our Rhode Island Reds last June. As a first time "chicken farmer" I was worried about doing something wrong but they were great. Not one bird had a problem. We have 18 hens and they lay an average of 14-18 eggs a day. They love attention and are very gentle. They meet me at the gate and swarm around my feet while I am with them and will follow me anywhere I go.
I just recieved my Rhode Island Reds and they are wonderfull. I already had some and decided to get more because they are very friendly. The chicks were in great shape when I recieved them. I would reccommend McMurray hatchery to any one who wants healthy birds. Thank you so much for the wonderfull service you provide.
WE ORDERED 25 RHODE ISLAND REDS LAST FALL FOR THE FIRST TIME. BEST BROWN EGG LAYERS WE HAVE EVER SEEN.WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BREED AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND MCMURRAY HATCHERY. THANKS.
I'd like to say that Murray McMurray Hatchery is the best hatchery to have such a great assortment of poultry.I was very pleased with the RIR chicks that I received.The people that answer the phones are so nice.If you ever want to buy from a hatchery Murray McMurray Hatchery is the one for you.My chicks love to follow me around the yard.I love them so much.Thank you Murray McMurray Hatchery.
Wow, Thank you for the chicks that you sent me. They are by far the most healthy chicks I've ever had. I tried to let the Rhode Island Reds out of the box and they just jumped out.What I like most of all is that they follow me where ever I go. Thank you Mcmurray Hatchery.
I bought 5 of your RIR, and5 of your Barred Rock. They are wonderful and beautiful birds. This is my first year raising chickens, and so far it has been a success. I am proud of these chickens. And they have a great personality. They are very curious. One of the hens, loves to be touched. When you put your foot in the pen she comes right over to say hi. I love these birds, they are truly great.
I've had Rhode Island Reds for years and decided to purchase some from Murray McMurray. First, not a single loss during shipment, chicks were bright and energetic right from the start. They all feathered nice, have great dispositions/temperment and will soon be allowed to range with my older birds. Thank you for such healthy stock. The free rare chick sticks out like s sore thumb, but he "thinks" he's a red apparently. Thank you for your dedication to selling premium grade poultry.
I have one male Rhode Island Red that I decided to keep as a pet. He has the most wonderful personality. He talks and chatters, is very gentle, and LOVES to be held and carried around the barnyard. A great pet!
These RIR are not only healthy and beautiful, but are the friendliest I've ever owned. One hen is allowed to range free during the day and loves to be picked up and adored. She accompanies us to the mailbox and on walks!
I bought 6 of these chicks in an order, and am very happy with them. They are very curious and are growing fast!
I have Rhode Island Reds and I love them!Every time I go to see them they follow me. They are still babies but I can tell from the start they are great birds.
Your Rhode Island Reds are the most dependable layers of brown eggs I've owned. My daughter showed a pair of pullets last year in the production class at our 4-H fair, and she entered their eggs in the brown egg class. She took first place in each category. Your RIR are hard to beat for brown egg layers in a home flock.