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From your experiences, which of the 3 hens is the best at egg laying:

 

Delaware, Silver/Golden Laced Wyandotte, OR a Dominique?

 

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Curious to see what responses you get! Everybody I know loves their Wyandottes. I have only had a Delaware rooster, but from what I understand they are great dual purpose birds. Get really big. Our roo was huge.

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Dominiques will lay about three eggs a week on average in a year.

 

Delawares and Wyandottes should lay about 4 eggs a week on average in a year. So they should be about the same. Of course there are individual variations.

 

Are you thinking about getting hens of these three breeds?

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Of all my breeds, the Wyandottes have been the champs. However, my recent four additions, Speckled Sussex, are out-performing the Wyandottes, laying every single day. And they're every bit the eye candy the Wyandottes are and way more sociable and cuddly.

One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, three EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, one Buff Brahma roo, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, three EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, one Buff Brahma roo, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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Of all my breeds, the Wyandottes have been the champs. However, my recent four additions, Speckled Sussex, are out-performing the Wyandottes, laying every single day. And they're every bit the eye candy the Wyandottes are and way more sociable and cuddly.



Are the Sussex hens younger than your Wyandottes?

 

Sussex will also lay about 4 eggs a week on average in a year.

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Neither lol!!!!  lau.gif Reds and White leghorns are the best if you ask me. Have 2 Delawares and there eggs are small compared to the reds and leghorn.

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To me, death is a spiritual thing. Everything in life must die. Everything in life, must take life in some form to live. Life begets life. We can't get around it. What we can do is respect that life. Take care of what takes care of us. Treat your food like it will soon become part of you, it will.

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Neither lol!!!!  lau.gif Reds and White leghorns are the best if you ask me. Have 2 Delawares and there eggs are small compared to the reds and leghorn.



The person asked which of these three breeds were the best egg-layers: Delaware, Silver/Golden Laced Wyandotte, OR a Dominique?

 

Everyone knows that White Leghorns are the egg-laying champions.

 

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Dominiques will lay about three eggs a week on average in a year.

 

Delawares and Wyandottes should lay about 4 eggs a week on average in a year. So they should be about the same. Of course there are individual variations.

 

Are you thinking about getting hens of these three breeds?



Well, the truth is, I already have these 3 breeds.  I actually have 5 RIRs, 4 GLW, 4 SLW, 3 Delas, & 2 Doms.  I chose the RIRs for the obvious egg production, chose the Wyandottes for their beautiful appearance and the Delas for a white feather variation.  The 2 Doms were trades with a friend.  We actually ordered 36 chicks together back in November.  The reason I posted my original question was because I am considering getting rid of 3 of my hens to cutback on food consumption and poop exporting :).  I wanted to give away 3 of the least productive breed.  They should start laying about the first of April.  Sounds like I may want to give away the 2 Doms and just hold onto the remaining 16.  Petty I know, but thanks for your input. :)

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Originally Posted by azygous View Post

Of all my breeds, the Wyandottes have been the champs. However, my recent four additions, Speckled Sussex, are out-performing the Wyandottes, laying every single day. And they're every bit the eye candy the Wyandottes are and way more sociable and cuddly.



I've considered getting some Sussex in the future.  I will definitely put them down on the "To Get" list.  Thanks for your input!!

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Are the Sussex hens younger than your Wyandottes?

 

Sussex will also lay about 4 eggs a week on average in a year.

My Sussex are six months old and really do lay every day. The Wyandottes are three years and one of them is eighteen months old. They lay maybe every other day. 
 

 

One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, three EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, one Buff Brahma roo, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, three EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, one Buff Brahma roo, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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