Most prolific laying hen breeds?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by OcoeeG, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. OcoeeG

    OcoeeG In the Brooder

    Oct 27, 2008
    Which breeds are the best layers? I am talking pure egg production? Just curious
    Thanks in advance
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Leghorns. The hatcheries sell their own special production strains with names like "Pearl White." The leghorns lay white white eggs. If you want brown eggs, I would recommend getting the production bred sex link hens.
  3. henjoy

    henjoy Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    Our very best layers are ISA Browns which lay large brown eggs. For production, you just can't beat those sex link hens. Wyandottes also lay quite well even in cold weather.
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    New Hamps or RIR for browns, Leghorns for whites!
  5. jossanne

    jossanne Songster

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    I LOVE my pearl white leghorns from McMurray. They are very prolific, early layers. And when people talk about flighty leghorns, I never quite get it because my pearl whites have always been relatively calm, friendly birds.

    If I had to choose just one breed for eggs, it would be them.
  6. KYBOY

    KYBOY Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Golden comets for pure laying prowess..
  7. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    As you've noted, everyone has their favorites, based on their own experience.
    Statiscally, however, the Leghorn breeds are the champion egg layers.
    Other solid laying breeds are the RIR, NH Red, Austrolorp and the many DP hybrids like Comets, Browns, etc.
  8. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    Australorps hold the record - 364 eggs sin 365 days!!! I know ours is a laying machine. [​IMG]
  9. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    The A-lorp record you refer to was set back in the early 20th Century in Australia and was highly contrived, a product of competitive breeding practice. Nations were competing at the time to show how good they could be in agriculture, in particular trying to beat the Americans.

    It was a shock to American egg farmers at the time, who were still using rather laggard practices nationwide. In essence, we had always relied on flock numbers, not egg laying quantity to meet our market demands.
    Losing to the Australians served as a real kick in the pants to the American poultry business to improve thier efforts.

    Ultimately, these sorts of competitions led to the "egg a day" standard we now apply to hens across the board, both in the commercial biz and the barnyard.

    The Australorps commonly available from hatcheries today are removed from these intensive methods, but genetics run strong. The A-lorp was a champion egg layer all the way into the 50's, even having postage stamps issued in it's honor. They are top barnyard producers to this day.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2009
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  10. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    Dang, David! I had no idea. Interesting little story, there! Thanks for the info.

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