This breed was developed in New England in the 1900's to be both layers and meat birds (they generally get up to 6.5 pounds). These days, though, they're rarely used for meat because of their superior ability to lay eggs.
They're also tolerant of both heat and cold, and of less than ideal living spaces.
If you want to avoid the issues of broodiness, this breed is a better than average choice. Although they can go broody, it doesn't happen very often.
Rhode Island Red chicks are rusty colored and the adults are auburn colored birds. (The roosters are beautiful with green neck feathers.)
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Learn more about another of my personal favorites: the Buff Orpington.
Other great backyard birds to consider: