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

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tsiecz, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. tsiecz

    tsiecz Chillin' With My Peeps

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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. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
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  3. AnimalLover99

    AnimalLover99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Brandi Leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    Barred Rocks have always been the most reliable for me, but the RR's I've had have been pretty good, too.[​IMG]
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    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.
     
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  7. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    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.
     
  8. blackgum

    blackgum Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    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.
     
  10. Sakmeht

    Sakmeht Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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