Best Egg- laying Breeds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by soctippy, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. soctippy

    soctippy In the Brooder

    Dec 22, 2007
    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?
  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    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.
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    What you need are red or black sex links.
  4. Yogiman

    Yogiman Songster

    Feb 2, 2008
    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".
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    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.
  6. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    My rhode island reds lay almost a egg a day and are nice except one hen,

    Good luck with your buisness
  7. steffpeck

    steffpeck Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Love the sex-links!! We have the golden comets from Meyer's and they are awesome! Friendly and lay lots of big brown eggs.
  8. Randy17

    Randy17 In the Brooder

    Jul 4, 2007
    Oil City, Pa
    I have 8 Red Sex Links and I get anywhere from 5-8 nice brown eggs a day.

  9. Eireitalia

    Eireitalia Hatching

    Jun 10, 2010
    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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