Best Egg Layer for SW Kentucky

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by milezone, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. milezone

    milezone Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 3, 2011
    SW Kentucky
    Hi Everyone,

    Hopefully in a month we will be ready to take in our first peep's. We are looking to get #1 Friendly #2 Egg Layers #3 good for the SW kentucky enviorment. Anyone have ideas?

  2. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    If you were going for just eggs I would say leghorns or sex links but with friendly being first I would say orpingtons or brahmas. Being located where you are, most any of the common breads will do just fine in your area.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    The leghorn for white, the sex-link in RED for the brown eggs. Nothing else even comes close to feed conversion or total eggs laid, if eggs are your goal. With feed being expensive, it's the only way to go.

    If you want more a breed for other reasons, then your choices are wide open.
  4. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
  5. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    I have to diverge. I'm in south central KY, and the absolute BEST layer I've ever owned is my Australorp. She's also been my head hen for several years and is friendly, though not in a lap-chicken sort of way. Loves to walk up and talk to me.

    Going on 5 years old, I still get at least 4 eggs from her a week. She's never had problems in the extremely unpredictable weather here.

    I've had GC's, but their laying dramatically slacked off after 1 year. My sussex is a good layer/friendly, but doesn't lay the same sized eggs that the Aussie girl does. They were also much more aggressive than she was. Same goes for my delaware.

    I wasn't impressed by the Orpingtons rate of lay, nor with my Brahmas (though they are friendly).

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