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 Purpose:
- Dual Purpose
- Climate Tolerance:
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- 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
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Climate Tolerance: Heat
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: Brown
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.
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
Pros - Easy to handle, relatively quiet, fantastic personalities, 300+ eggs a year
Cons - Short life span, prone to severe illnesses because of extreme breeding
I've had 12 (9 still alive) of these incredible birds. They are all rescue birds, so I've only known them from when they were 18 months old, but they are amazing birds. Fairly quiet, very active and completely hilarious; they give me so much joy. They just seem to love life.
I normally wait a few weeks before I named them, as their personalities needs to develop after they get out of the factory, but when they do, then their names are obvious ;-)
That said, the extreme breeding, which in my experience eventually ruins their internal organs and they seem to be prone to gastroenteritis. I've lost at least 2 of my darlings this way.
Pros - Good egg production
Cons - Aggressive
I had 3 and one was super agresssive and had an eventful ending because she attacked my dog. They were all hand raised and in a flock of 4 along with a barred rock who was super sweet. The other two production reds were aggressive also and never friendly after reaching maturity. Would never own again.