Type of breed that is best suited for laying eggs.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by kj7ty, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. kj7ty

    kj7ty In the Brooder

    Jan 20, 2008
    Lake Stevens, Washington
    I am very new to this, so pardon me if I ask stupid questions... I live in the pacific northwest, and would to find out what breed of chicken would best for laying eggs in our climate. Thanks. Mike
  2. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Songster

    Oct 29, 2007
    howdy neighbor. because of the climate you'll probably want to go with a Rhode Island Red/New Hampshire Red, Red Star (Rhode Island Red Hybrid), Black Star (another hybrid), Barred Rock or if you live where you get lost of snow and cold weather the Speckled Sussex (most cold hardy of all those I listed, but has a lower egg production).
  3. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Songster

    Sep 20, 2007
    Marin, California
    I'd definately reccomend Barred Rocks unless you get alot of snow because their large combs can get frost bitten but... i don't know how cold it would need to get to frostbite. The BR's have great personalities and mine lays an egg every day and usually only takes about one break a month.
  4. unionwirewoman

    unionwirewoman Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Kalispell , MT
    We get cold temps here ( sometimes as low as -20 below ) and my BR ,RIR , and Red stars do fine . By far my BR are the most proficient egg layers (the standards at least , the banties have taken quite a long break ) , so I guess I'd go for BR or RIR .[​IMG]
  5. kj7ty

    kj7ty In the Brooder

    Jan 20, 2008
    Lake Stevens, Washington
    Thanks folks. Really appreciate the info. We usually don't get much snow out here, but it's usually on the cool side and rainy. Boy, there's a lot to learn about this, but I remember as a kid getting fresh eggs from our neighbor, and they were the best. Take care.
  6. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    I would reccomend RIR's, and white leghorns.
  7. dreamgirl

    dreamgirl Songster

    May 28, 2007
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Our W Leghorn kicks butt for white eggs and our Turken for brown, with our Lt Brahma a close second--all still laying in fridgid NY!
  8. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    There are two answers to your question. I live on the coast and get 80" of rain per year here, it rarely freezes and the summers are not hot.

    1) By "Breed" you are limiting yourself a bit. Crossbreeds/hybrids are the best layers.

    2) I raise the following:

    Layers/Breeders: Barred Rocks, RIR, Jersey Giants, Marans, Black Sex Links, Red Sex Links, Speckled Sussex, Dark Cornish

    Meat Chickens: Freedom Rangers

    All those layers are tolerant of our climte. I would say the best all around 'breeds' are the Barred Rocks, Black Sex Links and RIR's.

    I would say the Speckled Sussex, Cornish and RSL's are the prettiest.

    So if you are not raising eggs for sale, pick the birds you can most tolerate looking at because you'll be seeing them every day to collect eggs, water and feed. I really can't think of any of the large breeds that won't work in our climate.

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