Store bought brown eggs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Peepchirpquack, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. Peepchirpquack

    Peepchirpquack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed of chicken lays the brown eggs you see in the supermarket?
     
  2. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably an ISA Brown or HyLine brown
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, a hybrid. Not a breed. Hyline, Novogen, Avagen or ISAs. Those are companies, not breeds. They have well kept secrets contributing to the genetics of what makes it to the egg farm.
     
  4. Peepchirpquack

    Peepchirpquack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm. I have never heard of these breeds. I will look them up online
     
  5. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Correct, i forgot to put hybrid at the end.
     
  6. Peepchirpquack

    Peepchirpquack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oops, I didn't see that last post.
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Small red sex linked hens that eat hardly nothing and churn out huge eggs. That's what kind [​IMG]
     
  9. Michael OShay

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    Laying houses use either Red or Black Sex Links for producing brown eggs as they are egg laying machines. The Red Sex Links used are marketed under a number of labels including Red Star, Gold Star, Gold Sex Link, Golden Buff, Cinnamon Queen, Bovans Brown, Golden Comet, Hubbard Golden Comet, Isa Brown, Shaver Brown, Babcock Brown, Warrens, HyLine Brown, Gold Lines, Lohmans Brown, Red Shaver, Brown Shaver, Bovans Goldline, etc., and the Black Sex Links used are marketed under several names as well including Black Star, Bovans Nera, Rock Red, etc., but no matter which names they are marketed under, sex links are hybrids (red gene roo X silver gene hen for the RSLs, and red gene roo X barred hen for the BSLs) that outlay either parent breed. It's one of the interesting quirks of hybridization.
     

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