Rainbow Eggs and Layer Types

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by anthonyjames, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Port Washington, WI
    So I have had hens in my back yard for about 3 years. I just got a new batch of pullets

    Araucanas, Barred Rocks, Austrolaps, Light Brahmas, Comets and SL Wyandottes.

    Basically I was looking for a good rainbow of eggs.

    I have had the Barred Rocks and Austrolaps and I know they are good/great layers. Can anyone tell me what to expect from the others? I was hoping for 4/5 eggs a week from each bird.

    And I must say I got 5 of each bird. So I am hoping to get 2 dzn a day so about 14 dzn a week. Is is safe to assume those numbers would be good?
  2. poseygrace

    poseygrace Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    By Araucanas I assume you mean Easter Eggers or Ameraucanas? True Araucanas are pretty rare and I dont know much about them. But here's the breakdown:

    Ameraucana/EEs are good layers of medium eggs. I get 5-6 a wk from mine.

    Barred rocks, Australorps, and Comets are all good layers. I don't have any so can't give you a #, but I would guess 5-6 a wk.

    My Wyandottes have been spotty. Some are ok, others are not. My best gives me 4-5 a week. My others are 2-3 a wk. Luckily they aren't broody, which is a big plus.

    Good luck! Oh there is a chart with great info for all breeds. Hendersons. http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    more thing: my best layer, and my personal favorite, is a Buckeye. Have to plug the best heritage breed ever!
  3. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2011
    West Fork
    I have two Comets and they are amazing layers. You should expect at least 6 eggs a week from them; though mine typically lay for several weeks before taking a day off. I also have three EE's and I get about 5 eggs a week from each of them. One of them lays 3 days in a row, then takes a day off, and lays three more eggs.

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