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If u could only have 2 hens for eggs what would u choose?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by magsrags, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. magsrags

    magsrags Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    I'd like to add 2 standard sized hens to my yard for the purpose of laying eggs. I know my silkies eggs will be small.....so am thinking of getting 2 big layers. Suggestions would be appreciated . Requirements would be good layers....quiet..... friendly and winter hardy. Thanks in advance.[​IMG]
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Barred Rock and either Buff Orp or RIR. All mine are awesome layers of jumbo eggs.
  3. Delawares!

    They are a heritage breed, good layers, cold hardy, friendly, pretty, and lay big brown eggs.
  4. Their Other Mother

    Their Other Mother Songster

    May 1, 2008
    Rose/Red Sexlinks. Good brown eggs every single day and they are friendly birds.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2008
  5. WA23

    WA23 Songster

    Aug 17, 2008
    Northwest WA State
    Every answer you get will be slightly different based on each ones experiences. The answers might be a little [​IMG] for you. Saying that, here are my recommendations: RIR or Australorp.
  6. Mikeeeeeeeeee

    Mikeeeeeeeeee Songster

    Jul 20, 2007
    BR, BO, RIR or.........................
    Golden Comets. Those things lay prolifically.
    I will be getting more Golden Comets this spring from the feed store.
  7. NoelTate

    NoelTate Songster

    Apr 8, 2008
    Mobile, AL
    Everyone you ask will have a different opinion based on their likes, dislikes, and experiences with chickens they have been around. Rhode Island Reds or Black Australorps both have good reputations as good layers. Any of the known crosses sold by hatcheries specifically for egg production should be good. Personally, I have fallen in love with turkens. They are unusual looking, very quiet, friendly, and mine have been egg laying factories.
  8. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    My buff orps and wyandottes were the first to start laying. The silver laced wyandotte so far is the most consistant, although the buff isn't far behind her.
    The buffs are friendlier.

    Good luck!
    (if it helps, I have gobs of pictures on my website of buffs, wyandottes, etc from day one to present)
  9. I have a buff orp (currently broody), 5 delawares, and 1 golden comet...all breeds previously recommended on this thread. My golden comet started laying earlier than my delawares, and is really, really friendly. My buff Orp is also fantastic, regular and usually kind (except when she is on the nest, and then she reminds me of a t-rex) Those are my suggestions. I like the delawares, but if i had to only pick 2 kinds, the comet and the buff orp. have my vote.
  10. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    I like my Barred Rock and RIR for consistant laying - they're friendly and non-broody. Also great are: Leghorns, Delaware, Sex-links, Austrolorp

    A great guide is: http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    has lots of information on the birds and eggs. For me, egg size was a big factor. I didn't want to have to calculate how many small or medium eggs equaled how many large eggs for all my tried and true receipes.

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