Best Layers

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by CSAcitizen, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. CSAcitizen

    CSAcitizen Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 28, 2012
    I keep being asked over the yeras what is the best layer for steady egg laying. I'm a 5th generation chicken rancher and have been at it all my life and I'm 68 now, so I've had a lot of experience with chickens.
    Many chickens can make for a happy farming life and all of the breeds like the free range life which is the healthiest for both the chicken and the humans eating the eggs. All chickens have the need to scratch and dig into the earth.
    AS for the best chicken breed ot have depends on if you want a combo egg laying and meat bird. Or just want pets.
    I've had all kinds of breeds in all kinds of weather conditions and I've reaised them from hatch out.
    My number one favorite chicken for egg production that so far no other breed has been able to out-lay is the Rhode Island Red. The White Leghorn cannot even out-lay this breed.

    Brown Leghorns are great layers also but a very unfriendly flighty type birds. They lay a white egg in case you are fooled by their brown feather color. ALL Leghorns lay white eggs regardless of the color of the bird.

    If you want pets in chickens, the Buff Orpington is a good heavy meat chicken that if you keep hands on handling make excellent pets, but if egg production is what you want , they are not your breed. They are a beautiful bird, calm when young, but do not begin to lay eggs until they are almost a year old. They take longer to lay their first egg then any other breed I've ever had. They are more a meat bird then an egg layer. This breed has been puffed up as to egg producton, when they finally begin to lay eggs, their egg size stays small longer then other breeds. They will give you tiny pee-wee eggs for weeks. And you are lucky to get an egg every few days. Once in awhile you will get a Buff Orpington to lay 4 a week, but I have found this is not the usual for this breed. For what they eat, and what they produce, this breed is not on my list for egg production. They are very good on the meat if you can eat your own birds which I've never been able to do. I get attached. But the Buff Orpington will eat you out of house and home and you will get very few eggs in return for what they eat.

    Another very good layer is the Aracana - the colored egg producer. Once they begin to lay you can count on an egg a day for the full laying season from them and they are a very calm and friendly bird. But the roosters are nasty, just the opposite of the very friendly hen. And the egg size gets large quite quickly.

    Other great layers are the Bard Rock, Wyndotts, and also the Amberlink. All three are good and faithful layers. The Amberlink seems to lay at a younger age then the others.
    The New Hampshire hen is okay, but not as good as the Rhode Island Red.

    I've had other breeds as well, but these are my favorites for egg production or pets.
  2. RobinZ

    RobinZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2009
    Thanks for the info, it's good to hear from someone so experienced, newbees appreciate it. I love my RIR's, even though they are hatchery production reds, they are awesome layers, and great pets, in your pocket chickens. Also love my Golden Comets, lay everyday, big round eggs and are the first to run to you when out in the yard. My Wyandottes and Light Brahmas don't compare to these 2 breeds for the huge eggs and quanity. :)
  3. CSAcitizen

    CSAcitizen Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 28, 2012
    I should have also mentioned the Golden Comets because they are a great layer , eat less feed and lay early on and faithfully. They are a small bird that lays a big egg. Thank you for reminding me - don't know how I could have forgotten such a faithful hardy bird. I've been in chickens for over 60 years and have had many breeds. Some that are beautiful but lousy layers, like the Orpingtons, and some that the hens are great but the roosters of that same breed are the devil in feathers, like the good laying Aracana..Love those birds too (hens, not the rooster). They are great layers and very friendly.
    And I've noticed that in the past few years when they began their injections for whatever they pretend they have to give them to day old chicks for, the hens take longer to lay and are not as hardy as the ones I raise and hatch out myself that never get any of their Big Pharma injections (poisons). I've had the chickens that have gotten those injections at day old just be healthy adults one minute and just drop over dead for no reason right in front of me ! Never had that happen in all my years until they began those deadly injections about 3-4 years ago..It only happens with those injected. Those injections shorten their life span as I'm use to keeping my hens to almost 20 years old and still laying ! My Dad told me once that I'd make the World Record Book on that. He was also a chicken rancher, as was his Dad before him, and back 5 generations.. As long as you stick with the NATURAL ways and feeds, you are good. I do not use the Layena layer feeds. I use the natural Flock Raiser. The Layena layer feed makes my chickens go paralyzed and they refuse to eat it usually..Animals can sense when something is bad for them.
  4. SixHix

    SixHix Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2012
    Southern California
    Our chickens won't eat Layena either. Makes me wonder what is in there!
  5. CSAcitizen

    CSAcitizen Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 28, 2012
    Either something is LACKING in it or something BAD is ADDED to it, I know it has drugs in it which is why I never use it. I have had several people here tell me their chickens won't touch it. Mine won't either. I had some of Layena layer given to me and I tried to use it but my chickens would not touch it. I never buy the stuff. I have organic eggs and I have to have all natural feed and water. Plus my chickens are free range besides. Chickens know by instinct that which is bad for them. So do dogs, cats, horses, etc. The most they usually get poisoned by is some weed or hay that has Chemtrail spray fallen on them. But it's rare they will even eat that. I use only the Natural Flock Raiser by Purina. Lately I' worry about the scratch I give them for their nigthcap as most all corn now is the GE poison kind. And you do not want to use that stuff - it will kill them, as it will us if we eat the corn of today. But corn (corn meal) is in ALL feeds including dog and at foods. So keep calling the feed companies to demand that they only use non-GE (Genetically Engineered) grains. Many farm animals fed the GE grains are dying, sterile, and very weak until they die. We need to get Monsanto Chemical corp outlawed ! They now control all crops, seeds, and foods along with the FDA ( dubbed the Federal Death Association). Anything the FDA "approves" is deadly !

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