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: tend to be very affordable, widely available in hacheries or feed stores, large eggs, good personality

Cons: Shorter life span, individuals can eat a lot

I love these birds for production. If you want bang for your buck with a little bit more personality, the production red is a good compromise. Very large eggs with very good laying rate. Can mature a little late but most of mine on time. Some birds eat a lot more than others, which tip your feed to egg ratio. This tends to be one in a few though, so its no big deal to me. Mine are all super easy to catch. Good personalities. Can be prone to a shorter lifespan and production falls with second generation, so always re-order. Nice color and a nice bird.

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Pros: Very curious protective of her friends loves to come eat out of my hand

Cons: Very ornery isn't a fan of being picked up but doesn't mind after u get ahold of her

I love this girl she is a sweetheart but a very naughty girl sometimes she is very protective of her friend lucky who unfortunately has tremers but my girl is always right next to her and she isn't the biggest fan of being held but she isn't that bad about it once u get ahold of her so far they don't have that much of a pecking order but so far she is one of my favorites even with her attitude lol love her and my other two babies smile.png they r my very first chickens:D

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Pros: Tame, friendly, smart, curious, good layers, talkative.

Cons: Talkative, if you don't like noise.

Last week I was gifted two 6-month-old red heads from a friend who had more hens than allowable in the city limits.  These two girls made the adjustment from living in a shared coop situation to free-range without even breaking their stride.  I picked them up in the early evening, showed them the henhouse, but gave them time to explore their new yard before putting them to bed.  The next day they got to meet the other 11 girls (mixed flock that we share with our neighbors).  There were a few minor skirmishes, but the red heads were willing to accept their lowly role in the pecking order.  They each laid a small brown egg in the henhouse their first full day with us.  Those two pretty much stay together, and don't try to stray beyond our backyard.  They like to peek in our windows to see what we're doing.  Sometimes they tap several times on the window to get our attention, and they have a lot to say.  Today when I turned on the hose, one marched over to check it out and started drinking the water running out of the nozzle on the grass, just like our cat does at the kitchen sink.  I used to say that Easter Eggers were by far my favorites, but these two personality girls are right up there with them in my book.

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Pros: Lays big brown eggs, friendly, goes broody for me. LOL!

Cons: They don't brood very long.

Ever since her first birthday she has been a broody momma. She is about to go broody again within a month of her last brood she had. She can cover more eggs than my cochin bantam. Haha.

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Pros: Everything!

Cons: None

I thought it was just 'me'.  Today, at the feed store, I ran into another 'fan' and owner of Production (reds).   

 

The two of us agreed that there just isn't a better chicken.  They are sweet, personable, great egg layers, stupendous setters, and will capture your heart in a short time.

 

Six years ago, I adopted a year old girl, who had been raised in a family, by children.  They had carried her, petted her, and made a pet out of her.  I'm finding this isn't so unusual with this breed and they are really east to tame, even at an adult age.  
 

"Bessie" has hatched out fertilized eggs for me and was an excellent mother.  I recently lost a hen, and thinking it was HER, I kind of lost interest for several months until a recent move, and I discovered, Happily, that 'Bessie' was alive and well!!  (She's the only one who WILLINGLY let me pick her up!)  I've never been happier, and glad to have my old friend back.

 

I'm so impressed with this breed, that after a long search, decided to make my future flock ALL Production Reds. :)  I'm picking up the chicks in two days! ;)

 

You can't do better for all around chickens, than Production Reds.

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Pros: good temper with alphas and humans

Cons: not so good temper with subordinates

I have one of these, thought it was a Golden Sex Link, but it was bought from Purina in Mexico and looks exactly like the photo.  This one started as the lowest on the pecking order among 2 Rock Islands, and an Australorp "sister".   She tolerated being the lowest well enough, but when newer hens came in she was the most agressive.

 

The Rock Islands and the Australorp do better with quantity of eggs, and the Australorp is my best for egg quantity, egg size, temperment with the hens and me, and intellegence, good plumage, and is neither overly passive or agressive.  Guess I should do an Australorp review next.

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Pros: Large brown eggs, friendly, not spastic

Cons: Never had one go broody

I would give them four stars overall. I LOVE them more than any of my other breeds of chicken. Mine are super-friendly, enjoy being held, and out right nosy when I am doing something outside. They lay well, lay often, and have large brown eggs. I had to take away a star for the simple fact I have never had one go broody and if you are interested in being self-sufficient, this is a big minus. 

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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