Nice white egg layer

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SisterFlash, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. SisterFlash

    SisterFlash Songster

    Besides all the other colored eggs I would like to have in my future....I am thinking about good olde white but some of the birds appear to be flightly or nervious.

    I want a really friendly flock.

    What about brown leghorns or buttercups? What kind of personalities?
    Do buttercups lay well?

    ANy other suggestion for a nice white egg laying hen?

    thanks again you all are the best with sharing all your experiences.

    Barb [​IMG]
  2. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
  3. SisterFlash

    SisterFlash Songster

    Ohhh Thanks so much

    I have been studying that chart for a while..printed it twice checking it thrice etc.....but everthing seams a bit flightly just wanting personal experiences.

    Glad to hear polish are nice.
  4. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

    Sep 4, 2007
    I have two buttercups. They are not super friendly, but I havent handled them much. They lay pretty good!
  5. Rosalind

    Rosalind Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    I have six Buttercups. They are good layers but nervous and flighty--HATE being handled even at night, even though they were brought up the same as the friendly chickens as babies. They are the ringleaders in all prison-breaking schemes, always. When I have to put Vaseline on their combs for winter, I catch them in a big fishing net, it's that bad. Oh yeah, and their combs and wattles are huge, so if you get freezing wintry nights, you have to put Vaseline on them to prevent frostbite. Not fun when they're difficult to catch.

    On the plus side, they're really good at evading predators and foraging. Don't think I would let them free-range though, even if there were no predators, I'd never get 'em back.
  6. lyndatu

    lyndatu Songster

    Nov 13, 2007
    Leghorns are also excellent layers of white eggs(300 eggs a year per hen). They are friendly but can be very excited and nervous. For example, you enter the coop, they will go crazy for you and fly around. But they do make good chicken companions. [​IMG]
  7. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    my leghorns must be different than most . mine come up and eat outa ur hand. try to climb in the bucket when im feeding .my 4 year old twin girls hand feed them.i guess we spend alot of time with ours tho maybe thats it.
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I'd love to have some Barred Hollands, if I was of a mind to have white eggs. They look somewhat like Barred Rocks, but are smaller birds, less flighty than most Leghorns, I understand. This is what Sandhill Preservation says about them:

    Barred Holland (AMB): A barred medium-sized breed, not as big as Barred Rocks, and good layers of a white egg. These were developed in 1934 from White Leghorns, Barred Rocks, Australorps and Brown Leghorns​
  9. herechickchick

    herechickchick Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    I love my Blue Andalusians. They are sweet but a little flighty. Good layers though, they don't miss a day!

    Here is Merryweather


    And Lucinda

  10. Betsy

    Betsy Songster

    Mar 24, 2007
    Northeast Indiana
    My Buttercups love to fly to my shoulders but are flighty the other times. They aren't the best layers I've had, but I love them!
    I once heard of a dual purpose white egg layer, but forget the name and they are either extinct or close to it.

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