Best Egg Layers

I Love Layers

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So next year I am restarting my flock. I am planning on getting the best layers for 4 colors of eggs. I will not get hybrids, due to not being able to breed a hybrid and a hybrid and get a hybrid.
So far I know what I am going to get for the white and green. But I am still unsure for what to get for the brown or dark brown

WHITE - Pearl White Leghorn
BROWN - ???Rhode Island???
GREEN - Black Isbar
DARK BROWN - ??? Black Copper Marans??



Anyone have any suggestions, I can get the Isbars and Marans from a local breeder, who doesn't charge much either.
 
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Alexandra33

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I would definitely recommend the BCM for chocolate brown eggs, plus mine is a decently good layer. As for medium brown, there are so many breeds that fit the bill it's not even funny!
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Yes, Production Reds are FABULOUS layers, but so are Rocks and Black Australorps. I guess it just depends on whether you're looking for additional personality, looks, or solely as producers.
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I have to add, Isbars are absolutely fantastic birds. Our roosters are great, and the pullet is a precious doll baby. Can't wait 'till she starts laying!
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~Alex
 
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I Love Layers

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I would definitely recommend the BCM for chocolate brown eggs, plus mine is a decently good layer. As for medium brown, there are so many breeds that fit the bill it's not even funny! :th Yes, Production Reds are FABULOUS layers, but so are Rocks and Black Australorps. I guess it just depends on whether you're looking for additional personality, looks, or solely as producers. :)

I have to add, Isbars are absolutely fantastic birds. Our roosters are great, and the pullet is a precious doll baby. Can't wait 'till she starts laying! :celebrate

~Alex

Thanks for the info!!
I'm really excited for the Black Isbars and the BCM's.
I'm going more towards a Rhode Island Red or Plymouth Rock right now for the brown egg layers.
 

TBirdsTheWord33

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Blue Isbars/Silverudd's Blues are such a fabulous choice! Ours are mostly 1st import with a little 2nd import mixed in and are STUNNING birds!!! From what I've read, most breeders strongly prefer the 1st import stock. I can't comment on the eggs since only one of ours is a pullet, and she hasn't started laying yet.

I wouldn't be without at least one BCM in my flock...LOVE those dark eggs! I would say the same for Welsummers. Those huge, matte, terra cotta speckled eggs are in a class of their own.

As for brown egg layers, hands down, my top pick would be the Barred Rock. Ours have the most endearing, people-loving dispositions and lay big, light brown eggs that look just like someone dipped a paint brush in white paint and flicked it all over them.

Whatever you decide to do, I wish you the best. Have fun!
 

Joshbaker8452

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These are all the breeds of chicken I have ordered from MPC, obviously all brown egg layers except the leg horns which lay white. I have ordered 2 roosters being more of a "beauty" breed which I plan to mate with my silver and golden Wyandotte. I dont plan on mixing those roosters with other breeds unless you guys have suggestions for mixing? Only breeds i have ordered though. I am in the pursuit of a 3rd rooster but for more egg laying purpose mating. I don't want another Wyandotte, orpington, or jersey giant rooster because although they are good layers they aren't great. I know if i get a Rhode Island Red I could mate with delaware to get red star sex link chickens, but idk. I need help in choosing a 3rd rooster ,please give suggestions on different roosters and different mixture I can make such as australorp or delware or leghorn or rir or even speckled sussex rooster??? Idk, one I can't get is barred rock because they are out of males for my hatch week. Please help in my choosing of a good egg laying breed rooster! And suggestion for good mixtures of that chosen rooster to other breeds thank you!
 

Dead Rabbit

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So next year I am restarting my flock. I am planning on getting the best layers for 4 colors of eggs. I will not get hybrids, due to not being able to breed a hybrid and a hybrid and get a hybrid.
So far I know what I am going to get for the white and green. But I am still unsure for what to get for the brown or dark brown

WHITE - Pearl White Leghorn
BROWN - ???Rhode Island???
GREEN - Black Isbar
DARK BROWN - ??? Black Copper Marans??



Anyone have any suggestions, I can get the Isbars and Marans from a local breeder, who doesn't charge much either.


The progeny of breeding hybrid to hybrid is still a chicken and will out produce anything else you mentioned. In quality and quantity.
 

Bobbalink

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I know this thread hasn't seen much activity in awhile but I am going to give it a try...

Does anyone have a recommendation for a Layer of good sized eggs(any color), Rose Combed(I live in northern region), heritage breed(would love to take something that is not super common and work on maintaining a rarish breed). I was very excited about Yellow House Farms Ancona breeding. Fits the bill for sure but not really an option driving to NH. Ancona's elsewhere have single combs. I think they have worked hard to develop a very nice bird for northern climbs.

Just looking for opinions. Thanks.
 

I Love Layers

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I know this thread hasn't seen much activity in awhile but I am going to give it a try...

Does anyone have a recommendation for a Layer of good sized eggs(any color), Rose Combed(I live in northern region), heritage breed(would love to take something that is not super common and work on maintaining a rarish breed).  I was very excited about Yellow House Farms Ancona breeding.  Fits the bill for sure but not really an option driving to NH.  Ancona's elsewhere have single combs.  I think they have worked hard to develop a very nice bird for northern climbs.  

Just looking for opinions.  Thanks. 

I am in North Dakota and never had a problem with my Leghorns. That's in a coop that isn't insulated also
 

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