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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by CK Chickadilly, Dec 30, 2008.
Do they make good layers?
I'm sure the hatchery types do, but the show birds were NOT good layers for me.
Just know that when you select a larger breed, egg production goes down. Egg production and size are a negatively correlated.
My whites so far are horrible layers. They were hatched April 16, 2008, and we are lucky if we get one egg a week out of three hens. Their egg size so far is only as big as a silkie egg.
" Egg production and size are a negatively correlated."
Which explains why Steven's little Charlotte shoots out eggs like a machine gun!
haha...i'm just imagining a chicken...shooting out eggs...like a machine gun.
My Jerseys don't produce as many as my Wyandottes, but I've never had a problem with them NOT producing well. I have 5 girls, 4 of which are still relatively young, and it's not unusual for me to get at least two dozen per week during peak season. They're supposed to be dual purpose, but they take too long to mature and aren't as meaty as I was lead to believe. I still like them, though. I love the mammoth eggs.
I have BLK JG's and WHT JG's with a huge young BLK roo, they lay eggs everywhere!
Quote:Where did you get your JG's?
Even if they didn't lay eggs are they really nice birds? Do they eat a ton?
My giants are 2 years old. In the photo below the ultra jumbo light brown eggs are from them.
My cockerel is almost 6 months old. He looks like he is going to be a nice bird but it will take him a long time to fill out yet.
My JG's have done well. They're not as good a layer as a Leghorn, but respectable.