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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Gonzo, Jun 12, 2009.
what is the #1 most popular egg laying chicken breed in The United States?
I would imagine Leghorns.
If you mean for back yard flocks its probably rhode island reds and their hybrids - production reds and red stars (they are a sex link hybrid).
I would think a close second would be buff o's or astrolorps followed closely by easter eggers.
I would say EE's are pretty common. Everybody loves the pretty eggs!
My guess, if we're talking pure breeds:
Brown eggs = Rhode Island Reds
White eggs = Leghorns
In numbers, its the Leghorn and its hybrids.
In backyard flocks, its probably the RIR/sexlink.
As mentioned in another thread, no way I would rank BO's or RIR as high on the backyard layer list.
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Doe's their eggs taste different?
Leghorns. BA's do well also. Sexlinks as well. Leghorns have been bred to be egg factories. They are flighty and pretty well useless for meat, though.
EE's are very popular because of the green or blue eggs that you MIGHT get -- you might also get "pink," or beige -- but they start laying a lot later, as a group, than these others.