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Best Breeds for Egg Production

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MamaKat, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. MamaKat

    MamaKat Out Of The Brooder

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    After having many pretty and fun different breeds of chickens that we fed to the local predators [​IMG]. We've created a chicken bunker with a strong run and are focusing on kid friendly birds who are great egg layers.
    From my reading on the forum, I think we will go with Sex Link, in a variety of colors. My question is, If the sex link is a cross between any number of different breeds of birds, is one color a better than another?
    Also, the hatcheries keep there "recipe" secret so are say black sex link birds from one hatchery better than black sex link birds from another hatchery?
    One more thing, do you think any color of sex link is more hardy or savvy on free range?
    Thanks!
     
  2. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    The classic red sex link is a cross between a Light Sussex and a Rhode Island Red. I can't speak from hatchery stock, never owned any. If you are looking for docile, might try the Henderson Chicken Chart online. Might try Freedom Rangers. I heard good things about them but never owned any. I don't think the color denotes a better sex-link bird. I think it is the breeds behind the colors that do instead.
    Best,
    Karen
     
  3. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Freedom rangers are meat birds they dont lay very well. I would go with RIR
     
  4. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    if you lots of eggs. you cant go wrong with Hybrids. the Hy line Silver browns will lay 330 eggs per year http://www.hyline.com/aspx/productsandservices/products.aspx
     
  5. MamaKat

    MamaKat Out Of The Brooder

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    I checked out their website. I know there is a lot of research that goes into food production, but I couldn't quite understand, are the Hy Line birds genetically modified or just a breed produced from different pure breeds? I have to say, their website freaked me out!
     
  6. Tammy N

    Tammy N Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your looking for eggs all yr round why not also get some Brahma's for winter laying ? I like the Austrolorps for All yr round but they do slow down for winter
     
  7. stephensc7146

    stephensc7146 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a red sex link and a barred rock, I get 2 brown eggs almost every single day. They are very friendly too.
     
  8. Syerf

    Syerf Out Of The Brooder

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    While genetic screening might be used I don't think they've started splicing chickens DNA for food (yet!). Modern hybrids are the result of pure lines crossed together which have been very carefully and thoroughly bred for performance.



    The recipes for most hybrids aren't much of a secret but the ingredients are everything. So in all likelihood yes, one hatcheries black sex links are better than another to a greater or lesser extent than another. Although if the hybrid is from a large breeding company such as the ISA brown then multiple hatcheries would have the same parent stock breeders (unless they buy their eggs) and no difference should be found unless a hatchery is screwing something up.
     
  9. MamaKat

    MamaKat Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the responses. After talking with some friends, they seem to get really good numbers of eggs from their non-sexlink breeds like Araucanas. Maybe the sexlink part doesn't matter that much?
     
  10. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The sex-links were bred to not only lay well, but also to make it easy to determine the sex at hatching.
    You can also find excellent egg layers in the Black Australorps, Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, etc.
     
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