Pros: Good layers, hardy in cold and warm climates

Cons: Can be aggressive to other breeds

My parents bought six production reds two years ago.  One died suddenly with no reasonable explanation for cause of death.  Last year, my parents decided to add another couple of different breeds, and the productions did not take kindly to them.  The first addition was a Splash colored Ameraucana (Betty).  The productions could tolerate her in their coop as long as she was in a crate, but if she was in close proximity, they would gang up on her and try to kill her.  My mother bought a second coop just for her, but it was too late.  Betty flew over the fence and was killed by a dog.  


The production reds are not an overly friendly breed to people, but these were okay around people.  Even my children enjoyed holding and chasing them.  My daughter even enjoys hugging.  :)





If some one who has this breed, and encounters the same problems, you can try what I did.  I wanted to conduct an experiment based on chicken behavior.  My mom wanted to get different breeds as before, but was afraid the past would be repeated.  I took one of my mom's younger chicks and set outside the big coop (if this didn't work, she still had the second smaller coop she ordered before).  The most aggressive would run at the fence to get to the chick.  I took the two most aggressive home to my coop, disoriented them where they have to get used to different breeds and obtain a new pecking order.  They did not show any aggression towards my chickens, not even the 10 week old babies I had already integrated in with a few older ones I had.  The three my mother had left over were tested with a chick with close supervision.  None attacked it, but they wouldn't let her integrate either.  Eventually, we overwhelmed them with four Ameraucanas.  Eventually, the Ameraucanas integrated, and no more issues evolved.  The two I took never showed any more aggression.


SO, overall, this breed is a good layer of large brown eggs, even in winter months.  They can form their own click and become aggressive to other chickens, but can be reformed if required.  They are great with kids, though they won't willingly come up for attention.


Pros: Lots of big eggs, lay consistently through the winter

Cons: none

I have 5 of these girls who are coming on to a year old.  They started laying at 4 months old and have continued laying strong throughout the winter with no additional heat or light.  They are curious and friendly. Although I don't pick them up and carry them around, they are always come running and wander happily around my feet.  Between the 5 of them they consistently lay 4 or 5 eggs a day.  They didn't seem to take any time off during the winter even when the Barred Rocks slowed down their laying for a while.  They don't seem to be aggressive with each other and they are all lower on the pecking order than the 2 Barred Rocks.  I love their bright red color and bright orange eyes.


Pros: egg production, availability, efficient

Cons: individuals can be aggressive to other birds

These were the first 2 hens we acquired. We still have them and they are still laying. One was found to have a slipped tendon when we got home from the breeder but the kids were already smitten... Even that gimpy hen is still laying and healthy. The other one is the flock boss. Both are tame and will sit in your lap, but do not like to be picked up. Neither has ever gone broody


Pros: great producer

Cons: too social at times

I have two production reds.  They began to lay right at 4 months and almost always give me an egg each a day.  They have been handled a lot between me and my kids and are our friendliest chickens.  Almost too friendly.  If I let them out of the run they will peck at me till I feed them or hold them.  My kids love them because they always approach us and they can pick them up without a chicken chase.  They are loud layers, but I share eggs with my neighbors occasionally to buffer the noise burden.


Pros: Good egg laying, pretty

Cons: Can be mean to other chickens, have trouble laying, skittish, not the most people friendly

My prod. red has trouble laying every morning, she will squat and sequel like theres no tomorrow it takes her about 25 to 30 minutes to lay once she sits down, Normally for my GSL they have no trouble laying. She also hates being touched and is very skittish, she even bit my poor GSL comb off, i would only recommend for experienced flock owners who only wants eggs


Pros: Sweet, tame and docile.

Cons: Bossy and aggresive

My production red is sweet, docile and loves being held, she comes when you call her and not to mention one of the best egg-layers! I have never seen a chicken lay such big eggs! The only problem is, she can get very aggressive with the other hens and will hurt them if they even go near the feeder. She pecks them when they try to share the nesting box with her. I still love her though and would get another one just like her!


Pros: Great layers, Nice, and good looking

Cons: i have none

i got one at auction with a RIR and she has layed since the day i got her.


Pros: Early and constant Layers

Cons: Loud, a little mean

I have 3 production reds. They started laying at 4 months, while my other chickens didn't begin until 6 months or later. They are all loud and will not allow you to touch them. 


Pros: They lay 6 eggs a week without fail. Hardy in both our hot summers and freezing winters.

Cons: Bad flockmates.

My production reds were 1/2 the birds in my very first flock raised from chicks. They tolerate their Buff Orp. flock mates just fine but it took an agonizingly long time for them to let the next years chicks in without trying to kill them, even though one was a Brahma rooster that was as big as them (he was the focus of most of their lethal hate) and I kept them separate but visually accessible for 6 weeks before trying to meld them. Ali runs her coop with an iron beak and will tolerate no disrespect. They were handled a lot as chicks and are neither friendly nor skittish with humans and they tolerate my chicken safe dog really well. They tolerate their health checks fine and Ali had to have double bumblefoot surgery recently, she was calm and accepting through the entire process. They have been strong and healthy birds that are only occasionally loud. They take treats out of our hands gently and readily. I would certainly own more but only if I had 2 coops so they never have to have new mixed breeds blended in with them since they are seriously vicious with interlopers.


Pros: Eggs, Blend in with Enviorment

Cons: Mean

I have a PR rescue named Bonnie. She is pretty nice to people, but not nice to other chickens. She is maybe 3-4 years old and still laying nicely. 


Developed by cross breeding a Rhode Island Red and a New hampshire Red. They were also at one time breed with white leghorn in them. They are a dual purpose breed and mostly used for their excellent egg production, 300+. In the 1950s the Production Reds just about put the purebred Rhode Island Red into extinction.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceHeat
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorBrown
Breed TemperamentAggressive,Friendly,Not bear confinementwell,Flighty,Easily handled
Breed Colors/Varietiesranges from slighty lighter than RIR to light red. Single comb and yellow legs. Sun can lighten their red color.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: Heat

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: Brown

Breed Temperament:

Aggressive,Friendly,Not bear confinementwell,Flighty,Easily handled

Breed Colors / Varieties:

ranges from slighty lighter than RIR to light red. Single comb and yellow legs. Sun can lighten their red color.

Breed Details:

Their feathers can be brittle and don't do well in extremly cold temps. They can be aggressive but mine are very sweet. Some say they do not due well in cage confinement.I have mine in a run with other hens and they do very well. They lay a brown egg starting around 4-6 months. If you want alot of eggs, production reds are the chicken for you! I am not sure how broody they get since mine are young. The RIR seldom goes broody and the NR is an excellent mother so i would guess you have a 50/50 chance on getting a good mother, lol. Some hatcheries also call them red star's. Production reds can be used to make red and black sex links. Almost every RIR bought at a feed store is usually a production red or red sex link. I learned this by funally purchasing a RIR from a breeder. Their colors are very different. Hens weigh 5.5lbs and males 6.5lbs