Think your chicken has the looks to be featured on the cover of Meyer Hatchery’s 2012 catalog? Then upload your photo to be a participant in our first ever catalog cover contest! Photos should contain poultry models only…no humans allowed. We are looking for a nice natural background, but coops and barns work just fine too. Please, submit untouched photos at least 300 dots per inch. Other than those few requirements, you’re free to use your creativity!  Deadline is Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at midnight. We will choose 3 winners.
Top Prize: Photo will be featured on the cover of our 2012 catalog and winner will receive a Meyer Hatchery gift bag.
Second Place: Photo will be featured on the inside pages of our 2012 catalog and the winner will receive a Meyer Hatchery gift bag.
Third Place: Photo will be featured on the inside pages of our 2012 catalog and the winner will receive a Meyer Hatchery gift bag.

Here is the raw photo of 2011’s “Covergirl”

This is 2010’s raw “Cover-Couple” photo.

You can also upload any photo, anytime, in the “Just for Fun”  category of our photo upload feature or post them on our Facebook page. We will select photos from both places to be included on the inside pages of our catalog.

Breed Spotlight: The Rhode Island Red

The Rhode Island Red chicken breed is one that frequents as a top 10 best seller. They are excellent layers of large, brown eggs and the hens are generally friendly and curious. The roosters watch over their flock carefully, and therefore can sometimes become aggressive with some humans and animals other than poultry.

The Rhode Island Red originated in Little Compton, Rhode Island in the mid 1800’s, making it one of the oldest American-bred chicken breeds. It began in farmers’ homestead flocks, where a highly productive egg layer was needed, but whose excess roosters could still dress out as decent table birds. The Light Brown Leghorn genes gave the Rhode Island Red its laying ability, while the Shanghai gave it the meat characteristics. The Red Maylay and the Java are the breeds that gave the Rhode Island Red its hardiness, lightweight body weight, red color and hard feathering. The Rhode Island Red is therefore considered the original dual-purpose breed.
The single-combed Rhode Island Red was inducted into the Standard of Perfection in 1904. There is also a rose-combed Rhode Island Red, although it is no longer a common breed.
If you have never owned a Rhode Island Red, consider adding a few to your flock. You may be surprised at how many eggs this little gem of American homestead history can produce for you!

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