Rhode Island Reds are one of the most popular chickens with people for backyard flocks. They lay a large quantity of large brown eggs and are hardy for most environments. They are very active foragers, and are a great addition for pest control! They always seem busy outside...looking for bugs and worms, but also enjoy being friendly with the family. Reds are considered a dual purpose bird because they also become a larger chicken, so they are useful for both eggs and meat.