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Which breeds are the best egg layers in winter.  I haven't gotten an egg in over a month, and I have room in my coop for a couple more chickens, so I want to get some that will lay in winter.  Thanks.

BTW, I currently have one austrolorp, one brown leghorn, and one golden campine.

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post #2 of 37

We're not that terribly far from you.  We put a light out in the coop with a timer that comes on around5:00 a.m. to give them more light.  Not sure if that's helping or what, but we're continuing to get eggs.

Beth

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I've had very good luck with Barred Rock hens laying in the winter.  I don't give my girls any extra light, and in Vermont my Barreds lay about 5 out of 7 days a week through the winter.  The rest of the girls, (Amaracanas, NH reds, and mixed banties) tend to take most of the winter off.

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I have twelve Wyandottes (nine Golden-laced and three Buff) and am getting between five and seven eggs a day from them.  They have no supplemental light and aren't even in a coop, they are roosting in the three-sided goat shelter.  But they do get hot water in the morning and plenty of food. 

Kathleen

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My rocks are giving me 10 a day right now sometimes more but they been laying since late summer.  Weather not bothering them at all.  I have 22 pullets so I have half that I know are laying at this time.  We free range so eggs get hidden all the time.

Tamara   breeding Partridge Plymouth Rocks
owned by 2 English Shepherd farm dogs 2 cats and 1 loving husband

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Tamara   breeding Partridge Plymouth Rocks
owned by 2 English Shepherd farm dogs 2 cats and 1 loving husband

Chickens Blog http://bmvchickens.wordpress.com/

http://www.bluemoonvalley.com/  Our farm website

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post #6 of 37
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That figures.  I had a barred rock, but the neigbor's dog killed it about 3 months ago.  Maybe I'll get a couple more.  Thanks.

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post #7 of 37

I'm in Massachusetts.  My Golden Comet is the best layer and the eggs are huge!  She laid all last Winter and hasn't stopped yet this year.

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I'm in Massachusetts.  My Golden Comet is the best layer and the eggs are huge!  She laid all last Winter and hasn't stopped yet this year.


Me too!  Western Mass, Golden Comets.  They started laying in July and haven't slowed at all, even with no supplemental lighting.

post #9 of 37

I have four Rhode Island Reds that were hatched in May.  They are in a chicken tractor without artificial light.  They started laying in October and have been going ever since.  From the first four egg day until today, they have averaged 3.2 eggs/day.  They have done quite well for me.  (they may be production reds - I bought them from a breeder and they are not all dark colored).

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I live in Montana AND i HAVE 15  4 PLYMOUTH BARRED ROCKS, 2 STARS, 2 EASTER EGGERS, 4 RIR, 3 LEGHORNS, I''m averaging 12 eggs a day and its been below 0 every night for a week and a half my girls hatched on june 2, i do have 4 red bulb heat lamps in the coop but the coop isn't insulated, So I really cant complain I give my girls lots of treats there spoiled but they reward me, good luck jim

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