Chicken Breeds & Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Suburban Sprouts, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Suburban Sprouts

    Suburban Sprouts Songster

    Apr 29, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I'm curious about two things:

    1. What are some chicken breeds that are good about laying eggs even in the winter? I have heard that Speckled Sussex are among those to lay well into cold weather.

    2. What are some breeds that tend to start laying earlier? I have heard the leghorns and red stars generally start laying at 18 weeks.

    I already have my chickens and whatnot, but I'm just curious if anyone knows of other breeds that fit into these categories.
  2. elieugene6

    elieugene6 Songster

    Jun 17, 2010
    Western ny
    I have golden comets and dekalb amberlinks. Just got this year and they all started laying between 16 and 18 weeks of age. I got them because they are supposed to lay throughout most of the winter if not all.

    Also believe that plymouth rocks will lay throughout the winter but cant be 100% certain.
  3. laughaha

    laughaha Songster

    May 5, 2010
    Black Australorps lay throughout winter. They are AWESOME and one of my favorite breeds that I have. Mine seem to come from a line that is ALWAYS broody in the spring (all of them) and right now I have 3 co-parenting 9 chicks that they hatched out. Haven't lost one of their chicks yet (and the babies are about a month old and freeranging.
  4. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies! 9 Years

    May 29, 2009
    My Coop
    I have Buff Orpingtons and a Faverolle. Both continued to lay through the winter, which was very cold as I live in Maine. I must warn you that 2 BO's out of 9 have been persistantly broody this summer. When they do this they stop laying. My Faverolle has been my best and most consistant layer out of last years batch but she's a bit shy.

    I ordered chicks this year that have either a rose comb or a pea comb due to the high risk of frostbite in my area. I hope you find a breed that fills your needs [​IMG]

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