The Production Red was created by crossing Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshires, and Leghorns. The purpose of the bird was to be a superior egg brown egg layer and relatively meaty animal. The Production Red became very popular, and almost pushed the Rhode Island Red to the brink of extinction by the 1950’s. Today, many Rhode Island Red’s sold by hatcheries are Production Reds.
Varieties (Single Comb): Rusty Brown
Weight: 5 - 7 lbs
Personality: Hens tend to be social and easily tamed. Roosters can be aggressive.
Preferred Climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Jumbo
What else you should know:
Production Reds are very outgoing animals, that make great pets in a small flock. In a large flock they can be robotic, and tend to feather peck in kept in small quarters.
meat birds, choice hens, big beautiful eggs, excellent egg production, dual purpose breed
reddishbrown, practically fool proof
The production reds aren't a "fancy" breed, but we have found them to be the hardiest chickens we have. They don't get sick when some of the more fancy breeds do. They are very efficient layers and quite low-maintenance! We will definitely be getting more production reds for our flock..
From RevJATB Feb 1 2014 8:08PM
Rhode Island Reds (Production)
I've been raising Production Rhode Island Red Chickens for 10 years. I've found this breed is practically fool proof for their health and egg production.
Excellent conversion of feed and forage to eggs, my hens lay spectacular, medium brown, Large eggs. These are the eggs I used almost exclusively for sale at market.
I find my Production Rhode Island Reds to be great at rustling up food and bugs, they are curious and always trying to get into whatever I'm doing. The hens are not broody at all, and lay right on through the winter.
I do NOT find these birds do well in confinement, they will pick at each other. All my birds are free ranging and have no negative behaviors as a result. For awhile, I used to confine a few choice hens in a run together, but it wasn't good for them, feather picking starter, so for the last 8 years it's been 100% free rangin' during the day and they all share a barn at night.
I find the hearty nature of these layers and their consistently big beautiful eggs, makes them indispensable. I will always raise this breed!.
From MT_Goat_Farmer Feb 18 2014 5:13PM