The Rhodebar, a Rare, Autosexing Breed
The Rhodebar is a rare, autosexing breed that was originally created in the UK during 1947 from crosses of Golden Brussbar cockerels and Rhode Island Red hens. It was first called a Redbar but later took the name of Rhodebar.
The Rhodebar has a full breast and a deep, broad body with a long back. They are a deep reddish color with fine buff barring. They have a single upright comb, rounded wattles and a short beak. Legs and feet are yellow and they have 4 toes. The tail is small with a black tip to the feathers.
Sexing day old Rhodebar chicks is very straightforward. Yellow chicks are the males and the females should have dark stripes or barring down their backs. Adult Rhodebar birds look very similar to Rhode Island Reds in shape and coloring but have a black tip to the tail.
They are very rare in the U. S. and almost died out in Europe as commercial hybrids became widely popularized.
Greenfire Farms in Georgia has recently imported the Rhodebar from the U.K.. They estimated there were less than 100 hens left in G.B. and perhaps they were no other extant examples left in the world. The Rhodebar was a very popular commercial chicken prior to the advent of Commercial hybrids.