Rhode Island State Bird
Rhode Island Red Hen
Official Rhode Island State Bird Name: Rhode Island Red Hen
Origin: Developed in the New England states of Massachusetts and Rhode
Island, early flocks often had both single and rose combed individuals because
of the influence of Malay blood. It was from the Malay that the Rhode Island Red
got its deep color, strong constitution and relatively hard feathers.
Use: A dual purpose medium heavy fowl; used more for egg production
than meat production because of its dark colored pin feathers and its good rate
The Rhode Island Red Hen became the Rhode Island State bird on May 3, 1954
(Rhode Island State Affairs and Government 42-4-5 State bird: The breed of fowl,
commonly known as the "Rhode Island red," is designated, and shall be known, as
the official state bird.).
Rhode Island Birds
Rhode Island, Delaware and South Dakota are the only three U.S. States that have selected non-native birds as
the Official State Bird.
State Bird (Blue Hen).
State Bird (Ring-necked Pheasant).
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