Valley Hatchery proudly offers the New Hampshire Chicken breed, a true American classic since the 1930s. Originating from New England, this breed was developed from a strain of Rhode Island Red in 1915 and gained recognition by the American Standard of Perfection in 1935. The New Hampshire chicken is renowned for its robustness, making it a staple on many American farms.
What sets the New Hampshire breed apart is its rapid maturation rate, ideal for those eager to raise their own chicks from a young age. As a dual-purpose breed, these chickens are primarily raised for their impressive egg production, but their gentle nature often endears them to their keepers as pets. Annually, they lay 200 to 280 large to extra-large brown eggs, making them a reliable source of fresh eggs.
The breed is noted for its hardiness, particularly in cold climates, which is a testament to its New England origins. New Hampshire hens have a tendency to go broody and are excellent mothers, an attribute that can be beneficial for natural flock expansion. When fully grown, roosters weigh around 8.5 pounds, while hens average about 6.5 pounds, making them a substantial presence in any coop.
With an average lifespan of approximately 7 years, New Hampshire chickens are a long-term commitment for poultry enthusiasts. At Valley Hatchery, we are dedicated to providing only the healthiest New Hampshire chickens for sale. Our chicks are nurtured to thrive under proper care, and we ensure their well-being from the moment they hatch. For those looking for a hardy, productive, and friendly chicken breed, the New Hampshire is an outstanding choice for both egg production and as a delightful backyard companion.