Production Reds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by soot87, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. soot87

    soot87 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi we recently added a buff orp and a production red to our little flock. Not a whole of info out there on them. I know they come from RIR and NHR and supposedly they're pretty good layers. Anyone else have thoughts or comments on them. We're having a lot of fun learning. [​IMG]
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    The production red label can be stuck on just about any red bird that is productive. No one knows the makeup of such birds, but certainly there is some Rhode Island Red behind them. To up production, Leghorn was likely added many, many years ago. 95% of the birds sold as Rhode Island Reds by hatcheries are of these strains.

    The true bred Rhode Island Red is exceeding dark red, rich, lustrous mahogany in color and almost never, ever sold by hatcheries.

    Since the New Hampshire was bred entirely from certain RIR birds, becoming it's own separate breed, saying that a bird being sold as a production red is a NH/RIR cross simply doesn't tell a person very much.

    Bottom line? Red birds, bred for productivity. That's about it. Obviously, it is not an accepted breed, but these birds make wonderful backyard layers.
     
  3. soot87

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    Thanks Fred. No wonder I couldn't find a ton of info. Anyone else have any stories about their production reds? We're hoping she's a good layer.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Do you know the age? There is an unfortunate down side to super productive strains. They do tend to burn out at the 3 year mark, and sometimes earlier.
     
  5. soot87

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    She's about 8 months to a year old can't remember if her or the buff was a year old. So she should have lots of eggs left in her.
     
  6. bb livestock

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    they lay big eggs and a lot of them.
     

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