Rhode Island White hens tend to lay about 240 – 250 eggs per year, and will also lay in winter. Despite their similar names, the Rhode Island White is a distinct breed from the Rhode Island Red. The breed is completely white, and their breasts are full, deep, and well rounded. The Rhode Island White is a great egg layer, and also serves well as a dual-purpose breed for both meat and eggs, with males weighing upwards of 8.5 pounds, and hens about six to seven pounds. There are less than 3,000 of these birds in population, so raising them in your flock will help preserve the breed.