Yes, there is a rare breed of chicken called a Rhode Island White! After last year's drought and extreme heat, I learned that I should be better aware of the breeds of animals that would do better in this climate. After some searching found these that I hope will have the same characteristics as the good old Rhode Island Red's do!
I hope that the white feathers will help them not conduct so much heat in the summer. They're not related to the Red and not to be confused with the commercial and non-commercial Leghorn breeds. They do have ancestry back to Rose Comb White Leghorns, White Wyandotts with Partridge Cochins. They were developed by J. Alonzo Jocoy of Peacedale, Rhode Island in 1888.
According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy they are currently on the watch list since there are less than 5,000 breeding birds in the United States and an estimated global population less than 10,000. The ALBC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect over 180 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction. Included are asses, cattle, goats, horses, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys.
The hatchery says the White's wont be available until late February and would call me when ready. I can't wait!