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Best Chickens to get for year round egg production???

post #1 of 14
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I will be putting an order in for chicks shortly and need more info. I am looking for best breed for year round egg production.

Here is what I have to choose from:

Rhode Island Reds

New Hampshire Reds

Black Sex Link

Gold Sex Link

What would you get? Any other breed recommendations?

I am limited for space as I just want a mixed flock but want 4 steady layers.

My others will be 2 Barred Rock, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes and 2 Ameraucanas.

Been at it over a year and have the chicken bug BAD. Wish I could have more than ten, but I am 4 over the "approved" limit already. LOL  THANKS

2- Easter Eggers,2-Barred Rock,2- Buff orpintons,3- White Brahmas,3- Speckled Sussex  Yes the coop got larger, Im Addicted !!
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2- Easter Eggers,2-Barred Rock,2- Buff orpintons,3- White Brahmas,3- Speckled Sussex  Yes the coop got larger, Im Addicted !!
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post #2 of 14

I would recommend Gold Sex Links. We have three, and they have been laying every day since August (about 17 weeks old then). They are wonderful! -sweetest birds! We do not utilize any artificial lighting. They haven't missed a day yet, however.


Edited by TXchickmum - 1/9/13 at 5:12pm

Wife of 23 years to a dear husband, mama to 2 children, 3 Golden Comets, 2 Buff Orpingtons, Old English Game bantam, Japanese bantam, Black Australorp, Golden Laced Wyandotte, budgie, sugar glider, and a feisty Yorkshire Terrier.
 

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Wife of 23 years to a dear husband, mama to 2 children, 3 Golden Comets, 2 Buff Orpingtons, Old English Game bantam, Japanese bantam, Black Australorp, Golden Laced Wyandotte, budgie, sugar glider, and a feisty Yorkshire Terrier.
 

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post #3 of 14

rhode island reds i know are 1 of the best layers.  do u have americaunas or easter eggers? where did u get them?

post #4 of 14

I don't think you can go wrong with any of those breeds, so get a couple of each! Go Chicken Math!

Proud parent of a 5 year old~ Australian Shepard,a 6 year old Border Collie, a 9 year old fat tabby cat, and a one toothed guinea pig. Oh, and 8 Black Australorps, 9 Golden Laced Wyandottes, 5 Jersey Giants, 5 Barred Rocks,4 Red Sex Links, 3 New Hampshire Reds, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 1 Leghorns, 2 Tetra Tint, 2 Light Brahmas, 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes 2 Easter Eggers and 1...

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Proud parent of a 5 year old~ Australian Shepard,a 6 year old Border Collie, a 9 year old fat tabby cat, and a one toothed guinea pig. Oh, and 8 Black Australorps, 9 Golden Laced Wyandottes, 5 Jersey Giants, 5 Barred Rocks,4 Red Sex Links, 3 New Hampshire Reds, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 1 Leghorns, 2 Tetra Tint, 2 Light Brahmas, 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes 2 Easter Eggers and 1...

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post #5 of 14

Barred Rocks have always been the most reliable for me, but the RR's I've had have been pretty good, too.idunno.gif

post #6 of 14
My barred rocks are the most reliable layers. Sex links are a great choice too.

Now with that being said, no matter what breed you choose, they will need to molt around 12-18 months (depending on when they hatched). They will not lay during this time.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

Join us for the Easter Hatch-a-long!

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

Join us for the Easter Hatch-a-long!

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post #7 of 14

Based on your list, I recommend sex links over Rhode Island Red, just because your sex links will lay more eggs and have a better temperament to boot. They'll all take at least a few weeks off when they moult, though.

We have a flock of 170+ right now: Blue Copper Marans, Red Sex Links, Black Sex Links, Easter Eggers, Tetra Tints, white Leghorns, dark Cornish, Buff and Barred Rocks, some barnyard mixes, ISA Brown, Amberlinks, Black Australorps, a Buff Orpington, and a little Buttercup, who's just here for the pretty.
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We have a flock of 170+ right now: Blue Copper Marans, Red Sex Links, Black Sex Links, Easter Eggers, Tetra Tints, white Leghorns, dark Cornish, Buff and Barred Rocks, some barnyard mixes, ISA Brown, Amberlinks, Black Australorps, a Buff Orpington, and a little Buttercup, who's just here for the pretty.
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post #8 of 14

i had red sex links they are egg laying machines and big eggs. hope this helps

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Happy Chooks View Post

My barred rocks are the most reliable layers. Sex links are a great choice too.

Now with that being said, no matter what breed you choose, they will need to molt around 12-18 months (depending on when they hatched). They will not lay during this time.

This. To have eggs year round, you need to have a round robin of chicks each spring. Older birds take the winter off, usually, regardless of breed once they reach 2-3 years of age. It's just how God made them.

 

For backyard folks, I love the sex links. They're good minded, docile, and lay like crazy.

Rachel BB

 

"At the cross You beckon me, You draw me gently to my knees and I am lost for words, so lost in love I am sweetly broken, wholly surrendered"

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Rachel BB

 

"At the cross You beckon me, You draw me gently to my knees and I am lost for words, so lost in love I am sweetly broken, wholly surrendered"

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post #10 of 14

I have to agree with sex links. Mine are black and very sweet... excellent layers, too. Nice large eggs and one of my birds laid for over a month before taking a one day break and was back at it again the next day.
 

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