top ten layers.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sniperclp, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. sniperclp

    sniperclp Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 17, 2011
    i would like to get 8 hens, 2 hens to every 1 breed so i will have 4 different breeds if my math is correct can any1 give me there opinion on a top ten for layers because thats what i want them for.

    thanks in advance.
  2. polyxenes

    polyxenes Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 13, 2011
    Fort Worth
    I love my RIR, they're prolific layers and have lots of personality.
  3. chickensgalore

    chickensgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    i think black australorps hold the world record for egg that would be @1.brahmas lay good as do buff orpingtons,then i'd go with 2 EE's just for color
  4. crosbygroup

    crosbygroup Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Barred Rock and Rhode Island Red lay consistantly and they both have great pesonalities. Our EE lays beautiful green blue eggs that are large, but she does not lay as often. The Leghorn lays almost every day, stops when she molts and she has moltted twice for a very long time. The other girls have had much shorter molts. We just picked up a black and a red sex link because I've heard that they are great layers. I'd like to add an Australorps and a buff Orpington as mentioned above. I'd also like a couple of true blue egg layers.
  5. acy0029

    acy0029 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2011
    I couldn't imagine having a flock without Leghorns and Red Sexlinks I get 28 eggs out of 30 days from each of them and they started laying at 18 and 19 weeks.
  6. Carolyn

    Carolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2008
    Golden Comets are the best layers I have ever had. Big beautiful eggs, pretty chickens with a nice personality. I've had Australorps and love them but would not rate them as excellent layer but good to very good. You can get an idea of rating from Henderson's chicken breeds chart on line. I like to include some that lay good thru the winter in my flock.
  7. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    golden comets, white leghorn, rhode island red, silver laced wyandottes, barred rocks, marans x lav orpington cross, buff orpington.
    I have a ton of different breeds and these are my best layers in that order. The golden comets and leg horns are tied for first place with the golden comets laying a large dark egg and the leghorns lay a large white egg.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2011
  8. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Actually, the best layers are ducks.
  9. Stumpfarmer

    Stumpfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2011
    My Silver Spangled Hamburgs are almost as relentless at laying eggs as any of the commercial breeds, and are not being raised in their thousands and millions by people who don't really care about chickens as individual animals. My feeling about egg layers is much like my feelings about Douglas Fir: with many big businesses raising them, I can do better by growing something which might go extinct without my help.

    So: How about Hamburgs, Heritage Leghorns instead of commercial ones, real RIRs, Buckeyes... the list goes on and on. They have the additional advantage of longevity and ability to free range.
  10. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Go for hatchery stock, that's the number one key. [​IMG] Nearly ANY breed from a hatchery lays very well because that's what hatcheries breed for. But remember, hatchery stock lasts shorter than heritage/show stock.

    But in detail, these are the most reliable -

    Sex Links
    Production Reds (what you call Rhode Island Reds)
    New Hampshires
    Barred Rocks
    Buff Orpingtons

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