Production Red Chicken

(16 customer reviews)

As low as: $2.20


  • Production Red – Sold as Baby Chicks Only
       Minimums – Not Sexed = 3 
                          Female = 3
                          Male = 1    
                                Total of 3 birds to ship   

Seasonal/Shipped Feb thru July


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Breed Facts

  • Poultry Show Class: Other Breed Class
  • Weights: Hen ——-7 lbs        Rooster——9 lbs
    Pullet——-6  lbs     Cockerel—–8 lbs
  • Purpose and Type: Primary production, Egg Laying & Pet/Secondary meat source
  • Egg Shell Color: Light Brown
  • Egg Production: 200-280 eggs per year (estimates only, see FAQ)
  • Egg Size: Large
  • Temperament: Docile
  • Gender Accuracy: 80-85%
  • Fertility Percentage: 65-80%
  • Broody: Variable
  • Mating Ratio: 10 Females to 1 Male
  • Roost Height: 2 to 4 feet
  • Country of Origin: United States, New England
  • APA: No
  • ALBC: No
  • BREEDER FARM SOURCE: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline or strain of Production Red’s since 1975.


The Production Red chicken is very similar to a Rhode Island Red chicken only lighter in color. The plumage color can vary from a red-dark red to a light red. They are a vigorous, hearty chicken that lays lots of large/x-large brown eggs. The Production Red chicken breed is a cross of Cackle Hatchery’s® best Rhode Island Red chicken production line over Cackle Hatchery’s® best New Hampshire chicken production line. This cross produces a very vigorous, healthy egg producing hen. This is not an exhibition show chicken but a great production laying hen and/or pet chicken for your backyard.

We will be discontinuing our breeder pen of Production Reds in 2022.


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16 reviews for Production Red Chicken

  1. Efurd farm

    Not good

    I have lost over 50% of the hens wishing 3 months of laying all are dead in the nest not signs of anything wrong. Beautiful and good layers other wise.

  2. Mike, North Idaho

    Healthy Hens.

    In early May we received our pullets. I ordered a variety to include Austrolorps, Buff Orpingtons and Production Reds. 22 total including the extras sent as a safe guard. All were healthy and have matured well. We eventually sold off 12 and kept 10. At 5-1/2 months they ALL started laying. We are heading into winter, days are shorter, but the young gals are healthy and producers. We have been very impressed and happy. Thanks for some great livestock.

  3. Suzy

    Production reds

    We purchased our reds and they were delivered April 3rd. By August they began to lay. Two of them the first week then the other two within another week. From our reds we get 3 or 4 eggs a day. They have been the perfect addition to our 2 adults who were already laying. We live in the city and can only have 6 chicks total so it’s great that they started laying quickly and almost daily.

  4. Laurab

    Red production

    I bought 3 red production from this hatchery and they are absolutely wonderful. Although they are tough ol birds I truly believe this hatchery is doing a fantastic job. We will always come back for purchase more

  5. mike

    great chickens, long laying life, healthy

    production reds are my choice after raising 18 other breeds they out perform, never sick, cold weather layers. perfect big brown eggs. I have 5 year old hens still laying. thanks mike

  6. Cat

    Sweet red heads

    I purchased 28 chickens from cackle in the spring. These ladies arrived super healthy and have turned out to be the sweetest of all my birds. they are by far the most trusting and friendly of the bunch. They were also the first to start laying. Highly recommend them

  7. chip

    remaining chickens doing well and laying now

    I ordered 15 chicks on 5/23/19 They all arrived alive and seemed in good shape. As it turned out two began to show signs of birth defects. They could not walk or hold their heads up. Very sad and they did not survive.

  8. Melanie

    Awesome Chickens!!!

    We order 15 chickens from you last February. We received 17 and everyone of them were healthy and brought such joy in our lives. They started laying in August and at first we had many double yolk ones. Thank you !



    I am so incredibly impressed with Cackle Hatchery; the sent me 7 chickens, (I ordered 6), one passed two days later. I was then left with exactly what I had ordered- 3 Production Reds and 3 Cinnamon Queens. I have never owned chickens, so this was all a new process to me. I set up an XXL brooder in my spare bathroom’s jetted tub- I had temperature probes suction cupped to the tub all around, it was a very amazing experience. My girls are so incredibly smart, and lay eggs like crazy!!!! I will most definitely be ordered more chickens next season when my custom coop/run is finished. These girls are GORGEOUS!!!!!

  10. Linda A. from Texas

    good layer

    I have ordered production reds for a number of years. I have always been very satisfied with them. They are very good layers of big brown eggs. They are a very pretty hen and lay better than a Rhode Island Red.

  11. Traci

    Production reds

    Ordered 15 chick’s and they all showed up very healthy and grew fantastic. They were laying eggs by 6 months of age and are the hardest birds I have received from any hatchery. Will definitely be ordering more from you

  12. Bill

    noticeably more healthy and lively

    I usually by from the local elevator. Never again! The chicks I ordered from you where noticeably more healthy and lively. Not one loss! I am now a life long customer and I will be ordering for my brother also.

  13. Nancy Montana January 2010

    Cackle Customer

    Chicks made it here to Montana in July. I rec’d 17 egg layers. Just wanted to let you know that all 17 are laying eggs. I even had a triple yolker! I took a picture of it. I get 3 double yolkers everyday! They are producing even in -0 conditions.

  14. Tommy South Carolina March 2012

    Thank You!

    The Golden Comets and Production Red chickens were picked up from the Post Office this AM. I was ready for them with feed/water and warm brooder. After dipping their beaks, all seems well. Have had to add additional food on the new paper towels this PM. Fully realize this is common info for the company, but feel I have some quality birds that will thrive: barring any setbacks of which I now control. Short of them being chilled during transport no problems should arise. THANK YOU!!! for a quality product and the professional way I was treated when placing my order.

  15. Big R, Illinois April 2014


    I just wanted to send out a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to everyone at Cackle Hatchery. Our chicks have been nothing short of SPLENDID from you, always arriving warm, dry and healthy. Our customers have been very pleased with their chicks, some even bring me photos of last year’s chickens, boasting about their egg production and health of their flock. We have enjoyed many repeat customers based on the over-all happiness of the chicks, that although come from our store YOU are the ones that deserve the accolades. Our store is the smallest in our chain but we have never been treated as if we were not as important as other stores with larger orders by your staff. Just this last Monday I called needing to put in an “Emergency” order as we quickly ran out of chicks that had just arrived 3 days earlier. I had to have new chicks in the store no later than Friday. I was wonderfully taken care of and sent via the phone to someone that could help me out in your “over-hatch”. One hundred more chicks were not only ordered but shipped that day to my store. They arrived this morning right on time and in excellent health. i have had chickens all my life, dealt with many hatcheries but I can say without a doubt I have been most impressed by your customer service and quality of chicks.

  16. Debbie California April 2012

    Cackle Hatchery

    Received my 5 little chicks two days ago and all were healthy and beautiful!!!!! Received the brooder just 2 days earlier, so everything fell into place. Thank you very much, I will always do business with you.

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