What are the best laying hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by scottrules02, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. scottrules02

    scottrules02 Just Hatched

    Hi I'm getting two hens tomorrow and it's the first time for me and I'm using them for eggs only and I was wondering what the best hen for that was

    I want brown eggs
     
  2. cash money

    cash money Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rhode Island Red barred rock
     
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    cash money Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Golden sex link black sex link gold an comet production reds are some of the best egg layers
     
  4. scottrules02

    scottrules02 Just Hatched

    Thanks
     
  5. ShockValue

    ShockValue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you're looking for more "traditional" breeds, Australorps are hard to beat.
     
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    cash money Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look them up and see what ones are your favorite they all lay the same which is a ton of big brown eggs 300 to 345 eggs a year
     
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  7. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some Rhode Island Reds - they lay fantastic large to extra large brown eggs, and seem to be quite hardy birds.

    - Krista
     
  8. Meeka3

    Meeka3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Lohman Browns lay huge brown eggs every day, some of the eggs are so big they won't fit into an extra jumbo egg carton. I have three lohmans and I know which chook lays which egg. One has speckles, one is massive, and the other is just dark brown.
     
  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    There are as almost as many choices as there are chicken owners. Check Henderson's chicken breeds chart. It's not a complete list, but gives you some excellent options to consider. I assume you have cold weather where you are? If so, you might want to consider pea or rose combed birds. In cold weather, my preference is to stay away from feather footed birds. Your sex links and production hens will give you a lot of eggs, but the bird will burn out after a year or two. Some of the other breeds may not lay quite as well but will continue laying for a much longer period of time. So, what's your style? Keep them for a year and replace? or plan to have them for 3 - 4 years before replacing???
     
  10. kittykitty30

    kittykitty30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wyandottes may seem better suited for you. :)
     

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