Favorite White Egg Layer Breeds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mendochick, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. mendochick

    mendochick Hatching

    Jul 6, 2010
    Hey All,

    Firstly, I hope this is the appropriate place to post this question...

    I'm curious to know what some of your favorite white egg layer breeds are.
    We are in the process of planning our first backyard flock, and in my research of breeds I've found many brown egg layers that interest me and also plan to get a few Ameraucanas for blue/green eggs. My husband definitely wants a full rainbow egg basket, including white, and I couldn't find any real stand-outs in my research.

    Since we're new to backyard chickens, we obviously are more interested in "easy keepers" that will be somewhat docile, less broody, etc. I also like the idea of having pretty hens with interesting feathering and coloration, as well as keeping heritage breeds (though neither of those are sticking points for me).

    Oh, one more question!... what breeds lay the pink(ish) eggs that I've found at the farmer's market once in a blue moon? It's a little overwhelming to research all the breeds (and then the color options!) for a newbie like myself. Some of the standouts for me were Buff Orpington, Ameraucana, Easter Eggers, Dominque, Wellsummer, and Wyandottes, but there are just SO many options!


  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    One heritage and endangered white egg laying breed is Lakenvelder. I have two Golden Lakenvelders, so I get two white eggs a day. Lakenvelders also "come" in white and black, instead of the buff and black. They're good looking birds and do NOT go broody.

    Here's a chart to check: http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html
  3. Settler'sDreamFarm

    Settler'sDreamFarm █ [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]

    Aug 7, 2008
    Ontario, Canada :)
    I love leghorns. They are known for being very skittish and scared but I never seem to have a problem, I would recommend a non-white variety; brown and exchequer leghorns are beautiful! Good luck [​IMG]
  4. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    Quote:Absolutely agree(I have the Silver Lakenvelders)-threatened breed and gorgeous birds that lay me nice sized white eggs every day.
    Just my personal opinion-but I will NEVER own another White Leghorn. Many love them, me, not so much-flighty and aggressive in my experience.

  5. terri9630

    terri9630 Songster

    Mar 22, 2009
    New Mexico
    I have some 3wk old California whites that are supposed to be good white egg layers. They are a leghorn/california grey cross and even though we handle them every day they go nuts when we get near the brooder.
  6. I also have some of the california whites....they are about 3 mos now....i can't handle them much now but they are the first to come to me and will fly up to me and sit where ever they can (shoulder, back, arms etc).....then they let me "pet" them............but i handled them as much as i could as chicks [​IMG] they are my white egg layers out of my flock.
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member 9 Years

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I have a Sicilian Buttercup. She's flighty as all heck, but she's a great forager and lays a good amount of medium sized eggs.

    Blue Andalusians are pretty and are supposed to be great layers. I also love the looks of the Golden Lakenvelder.

  8. chickenlover54

    chickenlover54 Henely Hatchery

    May 20, 2009
    Northern Illinois
    American Games lay Whiteish eggs, they are my favorite
  9. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    Rowan County, NC
    My leghorns follow me around and peck at my feet. They won't let me touch them, but they aren't scared of me.
    I would love some Lakenvelders! Are they bantam or standard? Or do they come in both?

  10. HBuehler

    HBuehler Songster

    Jun 30, 2009
    Lebanon TN
    No doubt my leghorns.We have white brown and silver but the whites are the queens here..they lay a jumbo egg every day we had lakenvelders Andalusians Polish all lay too small runners up are the Minorca's they lay XL eggs near daily.And a side note to the don't get white we have lots of breeds here and free range with coyote,bob cat,coons,hawks,Possie's and more my white leghorns are the ONLY breed that has never become dinner to one of them.
    Leghorns are very social birds just don't care to be held..the first ones to us when we go out and we have a few hundred birds here.
    Here is a Work-A-Holic although she's not laying she's working her chicken tail off raising 10 chicks [​IMG] and YES that is a white leghorn [​IMG]

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