Best Egg- laying Breeds

soctippy

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hi all-
me and my mom like to have hens and sell eggs to our friends. now our problem is, many customers and not nearly enough eggs to go around. we live in michigan where it gets hot in the summer and incredibly cold in the winter. so we were wondering what some possible breeds are that lay great but are tame and hardy. personally i do not want leghorns they are flighty and difficult, we love the buffs we have now but they are getting old and this last winter was pretty hard on them. any ideas?
 

Buster

Back to Work
12 Years
Jan 4, 2008
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The Frozen Wasteland of Idaho
I know that rhode island reds and the sex-link varieties are good layers as well as australorps. Faverolles lay a medium sized egg but are excellent winter layers. I have a friend who has some that have laid all winter and wooden pony says the same thing
In my own coop, my speckled sussex lay fairly well and my new hampshire reds to good too. Out of all of them my ee is the best layer but that may not be true of all ee's because of the different stock they could come from. I hope that gives you some ideas.
 

Yogiman

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Feb 2, 2008
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South Louisiana
If it is just eggs that you want and lots of them, then you can't do better than sex links. They are literally "egg laying machines".
 

silkiechicken

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Jan 25, 2007
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I agree, the sexlinks are a good way to get hens that lay big brown eggs and lots of them. Some of the fancier types like giant cochins are good to look at.. but I have found their eggs to be smaller and less frequent than the production strains.
 

steffpeck

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Mar 25, 2007
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Love the sex-links!! We have the golden comets from Meyer's and they are awesome! Friendly and lay lots of big brown eggs.
 

Eireitalia

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Jun 10, 2010
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We are planning to add sex links and Leghorns in the spring; our egg laying flock consists primarily of Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons and Rhode Island Reds right now. These are great layers but I have heard that nobody beats the leghorn!
 

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