Best Winter Layers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Turkeyrun, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. Turkeyrun

    Turkeyrun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009

    What are the best layers through the winter, for brown eggs? We have 20 hens - 6 black copper marans and the rest a mix of EE, BR, black and Gold Laced Wyandottes and Welsummers. The marans began laying in the fall, the rest of the ladies went into their first molt but look to be fully feathered again for several weeks. Now that they are laying again we are getting 4 - 6 eggs a day. It is a little disappointing to be getting so few eggs, during the summer they layed 10 - 14 eggs a day and I was able to sell many of them.

    We do not have electric to the coop so extra light during this time a year is not an option. Biased on your experiences what type(s) of chicken(s) lays the most consistently through the winter?

    Thank you
    Mary [​IMG]
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    First year pullets. The good, top layers. The RSLs, BSLs, RIR, production strains of all the popular breeds. The fact that they are first year pullets is more important than breed, although a medium layer is a medium layer while a great layer is a great layer, of course.
  3. humpbacks1962

    humpbacks1962 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2007
    Middletown, CT
    My Orpies just started laying in the cold, half dark winter with no artificial lights at all...
  4. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2011
    Red Sex Links are great! I've heard Black Sex Links and White Leghorns are good too (I have both, but they're not laying yet). Also I've heard Salmon Faverolles are good winter layers.
  5. BirdMan32

    BirdMan32 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 25, 2011
    I have 2 Americaunas & 1 RIR, of which all 3 are 7 months old. I get 1 a day from each like clock work. Sometimes the time does vary but overall the Red has been the most consistent.

    I also have some other pulltets that are just now starting to lay. When it's time to replenish the flock, RIR will be my 1st chioce.
  6. Roosterfry

    Roosterfry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 26, 2010
    North Mississippi
    My Black Copper Marans are still laying [​IMG]
  7. m_shuman

    m_shuman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    Springfield, GA
    My Black Austerlorps and my Deleware lay an egg everyday right now.
  8. chickensinwasillaAK

    chickensinwasillaAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2011
    Wasilla Alaska
    I'm in Alaska and my RIR lay about 4 a week, the Leghorns white and brown lay almost every day. The red Star sex link aka Golden Comet, Cinnamon Queen lay every day just like the leghorns. The marans are moody, some weeks they'll do four or five, next week it's 2 or 3. Overall, I'll take that they give, some weeks are better then others. Since we have winter for about 7 months out of the year, we can't have the breeds not hardy for cold weather. I was hesitant on the leghorns but they've been doing fine the last two winters. [​IMG]

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