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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: 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.

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Pros: Prolific layer, friendly, not broody, easy to hold, hardy

Cons: Loud, mean to new birds

Red productions easily steal second place (second only to Faverolles) on my top breeds list! They are amazing layers; serving up large dark brown eggs almost every day. I haven't missed an egg for nearly a month now. I simply love these birds!

We had one of the coldest winters this year (-50 F on many nights) in history, and with an uninsulated coop and a heat lamp, they all made it through without any real special treatment. We also  got eggs throughout all of winter, the only reason of getting less was that they froze solid. They are not broody one bit, only sitting on eggs a few minutes after laying and then moving about their day. They are a bit flighty, but once you have hold of them they become very gentle and quiet. If you are a beginner, red productions are the best chicken you can get to guide you into chicken business, and I mean it.

Take caution to introducing more chickens to your flock, though. The hens can become cocky roosters around new birds; pecking and squawking without an end. It's best to introduce as many birds as you already have, so they are even or outnumbered and therefore, relatively powerless. They can also be a bit loud, but unless you have the best hearing around this isn't really an issue.

If you can handle a little noise, and don't mind buying a few more than a couple chickens later on, then this chicken is a great chicken for you!

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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.

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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