Production

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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.  :)

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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. 

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Pros: Great layers of BIG brown eggs- even in winter, can be really friendly, readily available

Cons: You never quite know what breed mix you're getting, wont breed true

We have two hens that we bought at the local Tractor Supply Co. at a steep discount because they were getting big.  They were advertised as "Production Red Pullets". To me though, they look very much like Red Sex Links.  Our experience with these hens has been great!  Our two PR's live with 18 Rhode Island Red hens and 3 Rhode Island Red Roosters.  All are true free-ranged.  Our PR's are SUPER friendly, great foragers, and quite predator wary.  They lay HUGE beautiful brown eggs even through winter.  We actually got a couple with a double-yolk this December :)  They follow us around the yard scratching and eat bugs out of my sons hands, letting him get very close even though he sometimes screams and chases them (we try to prevent that!).  We are very pleased with this bird and would try them again. 

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Pros: Great layers,friendly

Cons: Aggressive toward other birds

My  3 production red hens are by far 1 of the best hens on the farm,I will add more info:

Do really have a  Production red?

A production is  a pure brown bird with,occasionly  a few white tail feathers,and rarely,a few white specks on the neck,many of you BYC members likely have red sexlinks considering feed stores don't know what they have.

 

1 of my hens:

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Pros: Good layers, not flighty, Hardy, Good foragers, food motivated

Cons: can be aggressive, hates to be cooped up

I i have 1 production red who is the only survivor of a devastating raccoon and fox attack. She gives me an egg almost everyday during summer, and even lays some in the winter. She is always the first to greet me and ask for a treat. If i leave her in the coop, she starts yelling at me to let her out. Sometimes she will use her beak to tell me what she wants, but not too often. I would totally recommend this bird to anyone wanting a great layer. 

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Pros: People friendly, ok layer.

Cons: Can be agressive.

I only have 1 Production Red named Jojo so I can only review from what she's been like. She started laying around 22-25 weeks old and I got around 5 eggs from her and she quit. Her eggs were round which was ok since she was a new layer. Around 2 weeks later she started back and again with round eggs. Like seriously, a perfect circle. A bit hard to squeeze in an egg carton. She is a little aggressive. She picks on newer chickens even after they've been there for weeks. She tried to pick a fight with my Buff Orpington rooster... big mistake. She has a nice personality (towards people and chickens she knows well), really curious but I'd rather stick with Red Sex Links. She's not going anywhere though. ;)

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Pros: Very curious and kind, like to be held and like people.

Cons: Health issues and over-large eggs, a little stupid.

         I had two Production Reds, Sweets and Willie. Willie disappeared from the yard (probably a fox), but we still have Sweets. Willie loved to eat eggs, but I did not really care, because they were hers anyway. They were both very loud with a deep, raspy BAC BAC BAC. They loved treats and food, but were not very smart with predators. You could kind of tell they were a bit dull, but I loved them anyways.

      Sweets lays a huge egg every day, with a double yolk at least 3 times a week. It takes her a while in the nesting box. I do not like this at all because I have heard so much about their poor health and early deaths. I wanted her for a pet only, so I wish she would just stop laying so much. It is not natural.

Production
Description:

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.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed PurposeDual Purpose
CombSingle
BroodinessAverage
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
APA/ABA Class
Models:
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

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