Best Breeds for Egg Production

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

  1. MamaKat

    MamaKat In the Brooder

    Sep 25, 2012
    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?

  2. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser 9 Years

    May 19, 2009
    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.
  3. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    Freedom rangers are meat birds they dont lay very well. I would go with RIR
  4. nicalandia

    nicalandia Crowing 9 Years

    Jul 16, 2009
    if you lots of eggs. you cant go wrong with Hybrids. the Hy line Silver browns will lay 330 eggs per year

  5. MamaKat

    MamaKat In the Brooder

    Sep 25, 2012
    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 Songster 6 Years

    Oct 9, 2011
    Florence Oregon
    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 Chirping

    Apr 4, 2012
    Southeastern, Ohio
    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 In the Brooder

    Sep 24, 2012
    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 In the Brooder

    Sep 25, 2012
    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 Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    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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