What breed is the most productive layer?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Toast, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. Toast

    Toast Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! I have 5 red stars, 6 buff orpingtons and an EE. I will be buying more hens in the spring and I just want a VERY efficient egg machine! It would be awesome if the chicken was an excellent forager too and could handle harsh winters since we're in the midwest. I was even looking into getting ducks (the khaki campbells) although I'd rather stick with chickens, but at this point, I just want daily eggs from each hen! [​IMG] I don't care about appearance or novelty.
     
  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
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    IMHO Sex Links are egg laying machine, do some research on them. I have 2 Black Sex Links that lay an egg a day. They are cold hardy and friendly birds. I will get more in the spring.
     
  3. EmsoffLambs

    EmsoffLambs Out Of The Brooder

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    I've always heard that the production white leghorn is the most productive, efficient egg layer (which is why they are used commercially).
     
  4. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    I almost always get 5 eggs a day from my 5 sex-links. It's the real rarity when I don't get an egg from each hen. So far this month, that has happened only twice -- and when it happens I check out every nook and cranny that might have looked like a nice place to leave an egg, cuz it takes a lot to convince me one of them took a day off.
     
  5. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My barred rock is two years old and still lays an egg everyday
     
  6. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    I think many breeds will give you an egg a day with the proper diet,
    shelter, and treatment. Our 2 White Leghorns give us an egg a day and they
    are HUGE(the eggs). The birds are around 8 months old. Our Buff Orp, Speckled Sussex,
    Australorps, and JG are also at an egg a day but the eggs are a little smaller.

    It helps if you give them a kiss on the beak and a nice little rub on the back.
    They like to know they're loved.

    If I had to make a living off my egglayers then White Leghorns would be my
    first choice. They are also very friendly and comical chickens.
     
  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Quote:PurpleChicken can instruct you on the back rub thing. [​IMG]
     
  8. Cassandra

    Cassandra Ranger Rick

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    My Rhode Island reds lay an egg a day, too.


    I had never heard of Sex Links until I read this thread. I joked with my hubby that I was going to get myself in trouble doing a google search for "sex links" lol. But I added chicken to the search and whadaya know! First hit. Sex links--who knew!


    Cassandra
     
  9. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    My red sex links are popping eggs out twice a day!
     
  10. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:I just won't demonstrate it on your avatar. That thing scares me. Instead of laying
    an egg do you think it will lay on my stump with it's neck stretched out?
     

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