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What breed of chicken produces the best eggs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by soimcrazy, May 10, 2007.

  1. soimcrazy

    soimcrazy Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sure everyone will have their own different opinion, but what chicken breed do you think produces the best tasting eggs?
     
  2. Rebel Chicken

    Rebel Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea! I prefer brown eggs. I have brown egg laying chickens, but they aren't old enough to lay yet.
     
  3. soimcrazy

    soimcrazy Out Of The Brooder

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    how old do hens have to be to lay eggs?
     
  4. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    All chickens can produce great tasting eggs. The most important factors are what you feed them, proper care, and freshness.

    As long as they get a balanced diet, which can be provided through layer feed (once they are old enough to switch from chick feed). When chickens are allowed to eat grass, greens, bugs, etc, their egg quality goes up, so if possible, free-ranging is beneficial, or you can provide these things inside their pen.

    Egg quality goes down if hens are stressed or sick, so keeping them happy and healthy is very important.

    Eggs will keep for about 1 month in the refrigerator, however, the fresher they are when you eat them, the better they taste. Those nasty things in the stores are usually pretty old when you get them, not to mention the hens never see a fresh piece of greenery or anything else fresh. Fresh eggs taste far better than those store-bought things.

    Basically, just choose the hens you really want, keep them healthy, and you'll get great tasting eggs!!!

    Lori
     
  5. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    All my chicken's eggs taste the same.
    But my ducks produce the best tasting eggs! LOL

    chel
     
  6. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Having mostly chickens that lay brown eggs except my brown and white leghorns, I actually prefer their white eggs. They all eat the same feed but for some reason they have a beautiful orange yolk and are very tasty so I like them poached as far as scrambled either will work.
     
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I also think that the diet and health of the chicken, along with the freshness of the egg, have the most impact on the egg's flavor.

    Not too long ago, I read a message from a person that said a friend of theirs noticed a difference in the flavor of their chicken's eggs, by breed. And, he had a preference! He preferred the Orpington's eggs.

    It made me want to do a taste test! The flavor of a chicken's meat varies from breed to breed. The flavor of cattle or pigs varies by breed or strain. Different varieties of the same species of fruit or vegetable have a different flavor. Why not eggs?
     
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    To answer your second question, Crazy, it depends on the breed of the hen.
    Heavy breeds: RIR, NHR, Rocks, Orps, may start laying around 6 months.
    Light Breeds: Polish, Leghorn, Anconas are early birds, starting around 20 weeks of age.
     
  9. new to it

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    AS FAR AS I AM AWARE THEY HAVE TO BE 20 WEEKS ONE OF MY CHICKENS IS JUST OVER 20 WEEKS AND I GOT MY FIRST EGG TODAY BUT THEN WHAT DO I KNOW IT IS MAYBE JUST THAT BREED:)
     
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  10. msshepherdess

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    By far my favorite are comets or what some call cinnamon browns. Mine are getting old now but once they started laying at about 5-6 months old, they hardly missed a day for a couple of years!! That the truth. Just got some new ones and can't hardly bear to part with my old ones. They (the eggs) taste wonderful (my friends all think they're the best they've ever had) and they're friendly, too!!!
     
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