Production

Average User Rating:
4.19444/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    Heat
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    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 Size:
    Large Fowl
    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.
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  • 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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Recent User Reviews

  1. BethLouMcCormick
    5/5,
    "Grand Birds"
    Pros - Sweet Natured, Happy, Good Layers.
    Cons - Noisy Layers, Feisty, Bossy.
    Sweet Natured, Great With Kids, Lay Well, Noisy For Around 20-30 Mins When Laying, Feisty & Bossy Towards Other Birds.
    I Have 4 Of These Hens And There Amazing & Each Have Different Personalities.
    Peppa: Very loving, loves a cuddle when you can catch her, fights with anyone who wants her food or to be the boss, shes very feisty with all hens & cockerels, very clever.
    George: She tries to be the boss but fails, pecked me a few times and run off, shes a spoilt brat.
    Peppa: Loves to boss anyone new or smaller than her or the cockerels, mixes in well generally.
    Fluffy Wee: Has a go at the other chickens rarely, Loves a cuddle, not very clever, got into the duck pond and had to save her.
    Purchase Price:
    8
  2. crazy rooster34
    2/5,
    "Ok breed"
    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
    Overall:
    2.5
  3. alexa009
    4/5,
    "Best egg-layer."
    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!
    Overall:
    4

User Comments

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  1. Circle W Farms
    Love them. They are great producers and very easily handled.
  2. VistaSRJ
    I have a feeling if you used the Hogan test on her you would find her pelvic bones curve in and make it almost impossible- and painful- for her to lay. This would explain the squealing and length of time it takes to lay her eggs.
  3. kyle5
    I have 5 of them.
    lay eggs every day. Friendly.
    quiet. Neighbors laugh because they didn't know I have chickens for months, until I told them. Enough eggs to give away.
  4. Zimbabwefarmer
    Yeah you cannot go wrong here - commercial layers - I have 6 which have provided my family with half a dozen eggs every day since we got them as point-of lay pullets. Now and then, one gets a bit sick but we just bring her indoors for a few days till she picks up and hey presto... the egg laying continues...
  5. ErniesFlock
    Indeed, all 4 of mine look similar but def are different upon close inspection.
  6. SunnyCO
    I have 2 RR, 1 Buff and 1 Barred Rock. The Buff went broody on my after laying very well for a 1.5 months and the Barred Rock, at 9 months old, still hasn't laid one egg. But the two little RR's do a great job! I average about 10 XL brown eggs a week from the two of them. Even now as the days are getting shorter and colder, there are still 2 eggs in the coop on most days. They're friendly and will coming running to eat treats out of my hand when I call them and they tolerate my over attentive dog very well, so I give them 2 thumbs up and a handful of meal worms!
  7. girlybirds
    Great thread, I got my first flock a couple of months ago! I live in the a city just out of Boston,ma and can only have 6. 2 PRIR, 2 NHR, and 2 white?'s! One of the PR's was
    bullying the others, pecking till they bled. I put her in another crate and after 3 days put
    her back, no luck! So I took her out again and put her in another coop where she could
    see the others, kept her in there for 2 weeks trimmed her beak a tiny bit and put her back
    Everyone is good now! She is a pretty girl and so friendly now! She also likes to stay out
    late and my largest white chicken with greenish legs, makes her go in, waits at the door for
    her if she does not come in, the white one goes back down and tries to coax her in, this goes on every night at 8:25 and is the funniest thing to watch!
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    1. Bek
      How do you trim a beak? And when would you resort to this approach? ...asking for a friend
      Bek, Aug 29, 2017
  8. TheEggCollecter
    Just got a couple of these guys, I am loving them!
  9. JFreeman
    They aren't a bad breed for a starter, that's for surer. I liked them, and they definitely have personalities of their own.
  10. One Chick Two
    LOL The photo of your daughter hugging the chicken- that is one tolerant chicken! So cute and funny. An excellent evaluation of the PRIR!

    We have 80 PRIR also, and we think this RIR hybrid is kind of underrated somewhat... they are definitely high energy, rambunctious, strong minded, and can be bullies, but they can also be very sweet, cuddly, smart, pretty-- many of our roos are my favorite chickens in the flock.

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