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Best Winter Layers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wxdude99, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. wxdude99

    wxdude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2008
    Montgomery Area
    Which breeds are the best egg layers in winter. I haven't gotten an egg in over a month, and I have room in my coop for a couple more chickens, so I want to get some that will lay in winter. Thanks.

    BTW, I currently have one austrolorp, one brown leghorn, and one golden campine.
  2. beth59

    beth59 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 2, 2009
    Pensacola, Fl
    We're not that terribly far from you. We put a light out in the coop with a timer that comes on around5:00 a.m. to give them more light. Not sure if that's helping or what, but we're continuing to get eggs.

  3. Keara

    Keara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2009
    I've had very good luck with Barred Rock hens laying in the winter. I don't give my girls any extra light, and in Vermont my Barreds lay about 5 out of 7 days a week through the winter. The rest of the girls, (Amaracanas, NH reds, and mixed banties) tend to take most of the winter off.
  4. Freeholder

    Freeholder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2008
    Klamath County, OR
    I have twelve Wyandottes (nine Golden-laced and three Buff) and am getting between five and seven eggs a day from them. They have no supplemental light and aren't even in a coop, they are roosting in the three-sided goat shelter. But they do get hot water in the morning and plenty of food.

  5. cybercat

    cybercat Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2007
    Greeneville, Tn
    My rocks are giving me 10 a day right now sometimes more but they been laying since late summer. Weather not bothering them at all. I have 22 pullets so I have half that I know are laying at this time. We free range so eggs get hidden all the time.
  6. wxdude99

    wxdude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2008
    Montgomery Area
    That figures. I had a barred rock, but the neigbor's dog killed it about 3 months ago. Maybe I'll get a couple more. Thanks.
  7. Backyardbuckbucks

    Backyardbuckbucks New Egg

    Dec 14, 2008
    I'm in Massachusetts. My Golden Comet is the best layer and the eggs are huge! She laid all last Winter and hasn't stopped yet this year.
  8. AmyBella

    AmyBella Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    Western MA
    Quote:Me too! Western Mass, Golden Comets. They started laying in July and haven't slowed at all, even with no supplemental lighting.
  9. mr_shinn

    mr_shinn Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 5, 2009
    Northeast Georgia
    I have four Rhode Island Reds that were hatched in May. They are in a chicken tractor without artificial light. They started laying in October and have been going ever since. From the first four egg day until today, they have averaged 3.2 eggs/day. They have done quite well for me. (they may be production reds - I bought them from a breeder and they are not all dark colored).
  10. chickenjim64

    chickenjim64 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 29, 2007
    I live in Montana AND i HAVE 15 4 PLYMOUTH BARRED ROCKS, 2 STARS, 2 EASTER EGGERS, 4 RIR, 3 LEGHORNS, I''m averaging 12 eggs a day and its been below 0 every night for a week and a half my girls hatched on june 2, i do have 4 red bulb heat lamps in the coop but the coop isn't insulated, So I really cant complain I give my girls lots of treats there spoiled but they reward me, good luck jim

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