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What breeds are the best winter laying chickens?

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Hi,

What breeds lay the best in the winter? I am up in the cold midwest.

Delaware are my main birds right now. I have a pair of Silkies and not near enough of all the breeds I would like to have!

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Delaware are my main birds right now. I have a pair of Silkies and not near enough of all the breeds I would like to have!

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Looking forward to hearing the answers on this one!

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Hi,there! I'm from Canada on the East coast, so our winters can be pretty long and cold. I have many different breeds and crosses of chickens. I find Plymouth Rocks,Turkens, Orpingtons, NH"s and RIR's lay like troupers during a cold winter. That being said, many breeds that I have are white egg layers....these gals will lay right through the winter too. Green and blue egg-layers and chocolate egg layers are a little slower in laying but they do catch up. I feed a varied diet to all my birds plus a few restricted treats ( some scratch,BOSS and kitchen scraps). Fresh ,clean water and nice dry litter for them to scratch in.Towall

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Enjoying country life on 12 acres with all kinds of chickens,ducks ,geese,turkeys guineas and peafowl. Other critters that round out the group are goats, horses, one pony, three dogs and three cats..along woth rabbits,guinea pigs,and assortment of cage birds, a few leopard geckos and many tropical freshwater fish and goldfish and koi.
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I forgot to add my RSL and BSL layers can't be beat!!

Enjoying country life on 12 acres with all kinds of chickens,ducks ,geese,turkeys guineas and peafowl. Other critters that round out the group are goats, horses, one pony, three dogs and three cats..along woth rabbits,guinea pigs,and assortment of cage birds, a few leopard geckos and many tropical freshwater fish and goldfish and koi.
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Enjoying country life on 12 acres with all kinds of chickens,ducks ,geese,turkeys guineas and peafowl. Other critters that round out the group are goats, horses, one pony, three dogs and three cats..along woth rabbits,guinea pigs,and assortment of cage birds, a few leopard geckos and many tropical freshwater fish and goldfish and koi.
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I have been told by others here on BYC that my breeds should lay well in winter.  I currently have Easter Eggers, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks and Black Sex Linked hens.  Additional light can also help keep most hens laying better in winter if # of hours is 14+.

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I'd imagine that one of the modern hybrids would be the best winter layers, just because they're also the best overall layers. If a bird is going to lay an average of 320 eggs in it's first year, it's obviously going to have to keep on laying right through the winter to achieve that number. My neighbour's four ISA Browns kept on laying just about every day right through the winter last year...

Breeder of Marsh Daisies; keeper of a pick-n-mix laying flock of Leghorns, Marans, ISA Browns, Black Rocks, Daisy culls and various Mystery Muttleys. The dogs in my avatar pic are fat Sam, the assumed cross of a greedy black Lab and a sneaky Collie, and grumpy Meg, the smallest and narkiest Jack Russell for 50 miles in any direction.
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Breeder of Marsh Daisies; keeper of a pick-n-mix laying flock of Leghorns, Marans, ISA Browns, Black Rocks, Daisy culls and various Mystery Muttleys. The dogs in my avatar pic are fat Sam, the assumed cross of a greedy black Lab and a sneaky Collie, and grumpy Meg, the smallest and narkiest Jack Russell for 50 miles in any direction.
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post #7 of 30

We probably aren't quite as cold as you here in the PNW, but we do have very short days in the winter... As in 8 straight months where the sun doesn't make an appearance... LOL. My BO is by far my best layer. Starting from day one she has laid every day, taking a day off only every two weeks or so. This hasn't changed as the days have gotten shorter. My BR is pretty good too. She usually takes a day off every week and a half or so but that has turned into once or twice a week as the sun has gone away.

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Me, the boyfriend, and 15 chickens so far... Also 3 cats, 2 dogs, 3 horses, an Alligator Lizard, and an Albino California King Snake.

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After the fall molt, my Buff Orpingtons have always laid hard through the winter.  We just need to be sure to provide them with supplimental lighting...  But Seattle doesn't really get that cold.  Maybe down to 15 F for a few nights, but that's it.

Buff Orps are known for being pretty cold hardy - they've got very loose, fluffy feathers!

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
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post #9 of 30

My LF brahmas are excellent winter layers, without additional light.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #10 of 30

I find any layer breed will generally lay though their first winter of laying without issue. They take more breaks as they age.

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