The Red Shaver Chicken Breed

The Red Shaver chicken was developed in Canada mainly for home farms rather than commercial use. The breed is sex linked meaning they can be visually sexed at hatching. Mature males are white with some red flecking and females a red-brown color with white down.

Red Shaver Chicken, The Facts:

Class: Heavy

Size: Standard Male: 6 Ibs. / Standard Female: 5.5 Ibs.

Color: Sex link: males white with brown flecks, hens red-brown with white down

Place of Origin: Canada

Conservation Status: common


The Red Shaver and other sex linked breeds make it a simple task to separate the pullets from cockerels long before they mature. This is a dual-purpose breed. The hens lay large brown eggs and are capable of 305 to 315 eggs a year. A Canadian Red Shaver is reported to have once laid a 143 gram egg, nearly 3 times the size of an average egg.

This breed is often considered calm and quiet. There is no bantam variety.

An excellent meat breed, they can have a dress weight of 3 ½ lbs by 18 weeks, with retired laying hens dressing out from 4 ½ - 5 lbs after a year of production.

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