What is a Production Red?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Dottie Pratt, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Dottie Pratt

    Dottie Pratt Songster

    Sep 4, 2008
    My dh has a friend that has 14 hens. He say's hes getting 10 or more egg's a day.
    Called him to see what he has say's they are production Reds.

    Does any one know anything about these.?
    I have banty's (6) and 1 other hen. I get maybe 1 egg a day.
    Trying to find some Hens that will give me egg's this spring.

  2. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    In my opinion, the production red is the Rhode Island Red bred to match the Leghorn as an egg laying machine. If you look at most hatchery catalogues, you will find them as Rhode Island Reds....

    This is from Murray McMurray catalogue.... Rhode Island Reds

    This is one of the most famous and all time popular breeds of truly American chickens. Developed in the early part of this century in the state of the same name, they have maintained their reputation as a dual purpose fowl through the years. Outstanding for production qualities, they have led the contests for brown egg layers time after time. No other heavy breed lays more or better eggs than the Rhode Island Reds. Our "production" strain is keeping up the fine reputation of this old favorite. Baby chicks are a rusty red color and the mature birds are a variety of mahogany red.

    edited to add link...​
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2008
  3. brandywine

    brandywine Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    Western PA
    A production red is a Rhode Island Red from a strain developed for commercial brown egg production, as opposed to a show-bred or backyard-flock-bred RIR.

    You will get lots of eggs from these birds, but they may not be very good foragers, may be flighty in temperament, and might require more protection from the weather.

    They may not have color and form that meets the RIR standard, or look a lot like most chcken-keepers' image of the RIR.

    But if what you want is lots of brown eggs, this will fill the bill.
  4. Dottie Pratt

    Dottie Pratt Songster

    Sep 4, 2008
    Thanks. I was thinking they had to be some type of rir.
    The link to Murray helped also to let me see what types of Guianes I had.
    Don't want flighty birds tho. Guieanes do that for me. ha ha.


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