Best Layer?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Toast, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. Toast

    Toast Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2007
    I need to order some replacement hens. I have the red sex link now. They don't seem to be all they're cracked up to be. I get about 2/3 of the hens giving an egg a day. That's not so great for first year and second year hens, right? I feed them well too and they are on grass.

    So what is the best and most consistent layer? I can't afford to waste feed on hens that won't produce.
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    wow-1 egg a day per hen is sweet to me! I only have 3 hens right now-but when I get 1 each-Im jumping for joy-they are big brown and soo tasty!--2 hens are BO's and 1 RIR
  3. jonathansenn

    jonathansenn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    East Dublin, GA
    Being new I can only offer from my experience. The chickens I tend lay aprox. 4 eggs a day. there are 5 hens. One is a leghorn, two are rocks, and two are buffs.However, somedays I wind up with as many as 8 eggs (guess some are laying double). I think it's how much you feed them. The other day I missed getting the eggs and I had 14 in just 2 days! go figure.
  4. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    My BA's lay very well, so far an egg a day, I've had as many as 3 eggs in 36 hours every now and then,and still 2 the next day. My PR's are just predictable. Egg a day birds with some skipping for doubleyolks every now and then. Dont blame them for that one.

    I'm rearing Delawares and hear they lay quite well. We'll see.

    Most people I know with Rocks in any color have good solid layers.
  5. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2008
    N. West Michigan
    I'm getting New Hampshire's and Rhode Islands next-- as they are supposed to be the most prolific & consistent layers.
  6. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    All chickens perform better their pullet year ((more eggs))! After they molt they normally lay an egg or 2 less but, their eggs get bigger! (can't even fit in carton most of the time)
    [​IMG] So, for family this is great!

    For someone selling eggs not so good!

    Most people I know that sell eggs keep breeders (New Hampshire Roo & 3 White rock hens) hatch every January & by the end of June you have New layers & can sell the year olds gals for $6
  7. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    I might try NH next opportunity!

    I haven't had a RIR that laid as well as everyone says & I find them very noisy!
  8. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    My leghorn and RIRs and wyandott's lay every day. my feeder broke and the weather is nasty so i don't want to put a lot of feed out on the ground and with me not feeding them like i used to, well today i got 0 eggs out of 4 hens. if u give them their share of feed, they'll pay u back.

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