Best Egg Laying Breed that Is not Flighty?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by angusb, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. angusb

    angusb Out Of The Brooder

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    I want to get some reliable egg layers, but I've read a bunch of references to the fact that leghorns and Minorcas are flighty. I don't care about egg color, but I would prefer a calmer bird. Any suggestions for a breed that will crank out the eggs with a minimum of fuss? Bonus points for laying through the winter and/or summer.

    Thanks!
     
  2. newfoundland

    newfoundland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about Black Rocks? They are large, calm, hardy birds that lay during the winter. They don't mind the wet and cold. Easy to care for with tough immune systems. They lay brown eggs.
     
  3. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sort of biased, but my Dominique's lay really well - they average 3 eggs per 4 hens a day from late winter to mid summer, and late summer to early winter. In the heat and cold and when they molt of course production reduces. But you would need a good strain.
     
  4. TonySorrento

    TonySorrento Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well if my research is correct, there are alot that fit the bill ...
    Red and black sexlinks
    Partridge and barred rocks
    Australorps
    And there are more but here are a few
     
  5. OldChurchEggery1

    OldChurchEggery1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Australorps and they would perfectly fit the bill. I took one of my hens to a preschool as part of an "Ag in the Classroom" activity, and she happily laid an egg for one group.
     
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  6. TonySorrento

    TonySorrento Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wyandotte, Delaware, Sussex ...
     
  7. lucky123

    lucky123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had many breeds in the last 5 years, and i think the coronation sussex is one of the best dual purpose birds out there. I have three pullets that started laying in nov, the same time my reds started laying, and they are the same age, and I get 20 eggs a week from the three since they started. They feather out quicker than any breed i've had and are a very laid back non aggressive bird. I have heard they do go broody, so, i can only speak about them for the 9 or 10 months i've had them.
     
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  8. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    look for breeds like stars (red or black), sexlinks, and production reds. They are all bred for cranking out eggs, and they tend to be less flighty than the mediteranian breeds
     
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Very best layers I've ever had are Black Stars.

    I had one that went 93 days without missing a day laying. She was amazing.
     
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