William Tripp (1824-91) of Little Compton was the man most responsible for the development of a breed of hens known as “the Rhode Island Red,” a fowl that has been designated the state bird.
Tripp operated a farm on Long Highway in Little Compton where he conducted breeding experiments with various kinds of poultry in association with John Macomber of nearby Westport, Massachusetts. Beginning in 1854, they crossed Malay and Java cocks with Cochin China hens. Isaac C.
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