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What is the best chicken for large eggs?????

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I just have a hen and a rooster at the moment.  I am wanting to add to my flock (well make it a flock).  What is the best type of hen to get large eggs?  My cousin has some Welsummers and those seem to be nice eggs.  I am getting the eggs for my grandma or I would go for cute chickens she likes them big.  I would prefer to get some eggs with color it brings a little more flare than just the white ones.  Any suggestions????

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I would look at the breed list and look for some that you like.  It is hard to name one because there are many breeds that lay large brown eggs productively.  Maybe try a couple of different breeds and see what you like.  I like my Java and my Speckled Sussex but don't have a lot of experience.

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I just have a hen and a rooster at the moment.  I am wanting to add to my flock (well make it a flock).  What is the best type of hen to get large eggs?  My cousin has some Welsummers and those seem to be nice eggs.  I am getting the eggs for my grandma or I would go for cute chickens she likes them big.  I would prefer to get some eggs with color it brings a little more flare than just the white ones.  Any suggestions????


Generally the heavier brown egg layers lay a larger egg. RIR, Rocks, Orps etc. I have a few young Welsummers and am impressed with their egg size as well!

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I would say Buff Orpingtons. I've heard that their eggs are huge! I have one, and she's just now started laying, so her eggs are very big yet. big_smile Good luck!

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I have buff orpingtons, EEs, barred rocks, and I used to have Rhode Island Reds.


But -- by far -- the best egg producers I have ever had are the two Production Reds that I bought from an organic dairy farmer/egg producer out in rural West Tennessee.   


These eggs have a strong, chocolate brown shell, and even though the two birds are only about eight months old right now, their eggs are already bigger than any and all other hens I have.   My buff orpingtons, barred rocks, and EEs are a year and a half old -- which means they are producing bigger eggs now than ever -- and yet these little Production Reds eggs are both larger AND higher quality than the best of my other hens.


And the best thing of all -- the little Production Reds are the friendliest little hens you'd ever meet.   They are just little darlings, and adapt well to confinement.


I'm thinking in the future I'm only going to get just two kinds of hens -- Production Reds and blue egg laying Ameraucanas or EE hens.

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Your production breeds we have them here just for egg laying so my customers get eggs while my breeding birds are busy.I need big and often. I weigh every egg and these are always XL to Jumbo
Production Red
Sex Link
White leghorn
Easter Eggers we get many XL but these do vary in size and not every hen is a daily layer but a good color option
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Buehler's Fancy Friends..Home to numerous Grand Champion Mini Rex rabbits, Holland Lops and Netherland Dwarf's

2012  Convention top 10 Broken Mini Rex Sr Buck-open

A few fun chickens, 2 horses,2 dogs, 4 cats and Smoochie the Donkey!

Girl Scout Cookies starting 12/24/12

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Largest eggs I've gotten.

Marans, both GC and FBC.. most are HUGE

Delawares

Rhode Island Reds.

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In comparison to their (slight) weight, my Warrens (Hybrid RIR X Light Sussex) lay the largest eggs in my flock.

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My pullet Red Stars are laying way bigger than my older Astralorp. I hear Light Sussex lay GIANT eggs. I went to get some eggs for hatching off Ebay but got out bid! I ended up winning Wheaten  Penedesenca and Light Brahma, which I think I'll be happy with as far as eggs go, if they hatch, and if they're girls. LOL

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I ended up winning Wheaten  Penedesenca and Light Brahma, which I think I'll be happy with as far as eggs go, if they hatch, and if they're girls. LOL


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