The New Hampshire looks similar to an Isabrown but has a darker tail and is more full bodied. The New Hampshire Red Chicken takes its name from the State of New Hampshire in the U.S which neighbours the State of Rhode Island that developed the well known Rhode Island Red (RIR).
During the 1920's, many American farms raised them and during the 1930's the New Hampshire reached the U.K. They were used as a commercial bird by a handful of farms but the Rhode was more popular being used after the war as a hybrid cross with the Light Sussex. Along with a few other breeds (like the Plymouth Rock / Amrock, they were introduced into Germany as part of the post war reconstruction efforts.
The New Hampshire is distinctly different in both colour and type to the Rhode Island Red being lighter in colour with a dark brown tail. They have agentle loving nature and produce up to 250 eggs a year, will go broody for a short period and will live for approx 7-10 years.
This is a popular bird for families wanting a lovely natured, non jumping bird.