Good egg producers for a small flock?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ORChick, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. ORChick

    ORChick Songster

    May 20, 2007
    Hi everybody; I am still in the planning stages for my proposed small flock of layers. My plan is to get some chicks next spring, so as to have the fun of raising them, and the goodness of their eggs when that time comes. Due to space constraints my maximum number will be 6. I would like to have a couple of EE's, just because I like the egg colors, but I am still unsure about the others. I was thinking 3 lots of 2. A friend recommended Buff Orpingtons, and they certainly are pretty, but I've read that they tend towards being broody, moreso than some other breeds. As my main reason for having chickens is for the eggs I don't want to ask for trouble by getting a breed that is known for being broody. These girls will also be pets, and I can't see me getting rid of any mistakes, so I'd like to try to avoid that from the beginning. Does anyone have any opinions/comments that might help me in my search? Since I am limiting myself to just 6 I would like reasonable layers who are also decorative. Of course, the question may well be moot, as I may not be able to get any out of the ordinary breeds in such small numbers. Thanks for any advice.
  2. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Buffs are very sweet friendly birds. Good layers through the winter.

    Good layers would be like Pearl Leghorns, but they aren't very friendly. They get out of sorts pretty fast.

    I went for Red and black Sexlinks. They are supposed to be egg laying machines. Rhoad Island Reds are probably still one of the best brown egg layers but the Sexlinks might be as good if not better.

    My EE's are pretty, but I've not found them to be very friendly either.
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Buff Orpingtons and Light Brahmas...gentle birds...just cause a hen goes broody doesn't mean you have to set her on eggs but she will stop laying for awhile......if you don't want Buffs try the Light Brahma...and also RIRs are great girls to lay too...light to med. dark eggs....All those breeds have always been friendly for me...
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Barred Plymouth Rocks don't often go broody-mine never have. They lay very well and are friendly birds, cold hardy and just an all-round great breed. They are semi-decorative with their barring, although that is a matter of taste. I've heard them called plain, though I don't see it that way at all. I have two Buff Orps-one tends to go broody a couple of times a year, the other one never has.
  5. hcammack

    hcammack Crowing

    Oct 5, 2007
    wyndotte's are realy pretty and good winter layers. Barred rocks and RIR's are also good layers and dont tend to go broody.

  6. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
  7. ORChick

    ORChick Songster

    May 20, 2007
    Thanks for the input. The Light Brahmas are really pretty birds; as are the Wyandottes. Greginshasta, here on the forum, directed me to a great site: - they are not too far from me (about an hour and a half) - I just spoke with someone there, and I can probably get my 3 pairs of "whatevers" without a problem. So, decent layers, decorative, and friendly would be the main criteria - though I'm willing to not worry too much about friendly with the EE's lol. Well, I have a few months to make my decision, as well as to build them a home. I am really having a great time exploring the BYC site - thanks everybody for all the great info.
  8. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Australorps and Jersey Giants are good natured hens, EE's are flighty and not freindly at all.
  9. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    I agree with speckledhen, BRs are great chickens. They are very friendly, love to talk, and have a ton of personality.

    I have RIRs, also. They are beautiful birds, huge egg factories. I haven't noticed an excess of personality with them, although they are generally friendly and are certainly a beautiful color.

    My NHRs are very pretty, quite personable, and very curious.

    I've heard great things about the black sex-linked, and astralorps (sp?) are supposed to hold a record for 364 eggs in 365 days.

  10. ORChick

    ORChick Songster

    May 20, 2007
    Thanks everybody. Perhaps I should have mentioned that my family is small, just myself and DH, so I'm not looking necessarily for fantastic layers, just decent ones. I would rather a hen with a good personality and reasonable egg production over one that lays every day, but isn't very nice. As I mentioned, they will also be pets.

    At present I am having fun scribbling out my ideas for their coop. I have had a terrible year - major medical problems for my DH - I am using this opportunity to de-stress, and it appears to be working. Sometimes I am a little excessive in the planning stage, but I find it relaxing, whatever others might think LOL..

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