What breeds are the best winter laying chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by harleyjo, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. harleyjo

    harleyjo Songster

    May 6, 2010
    SW Iowa

    What breeds lay the best in the winter? I am up in the cold midwest.
  2. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    Looking forward to hearing the answers on this one!
  3. towall

    towall In the Brooder

    Dec 12, 2009
    Hi,there! I'm from Canada on the East coast, so our winters can be pretty long and cold. I have many different breeds and crosses of chickens. I find Plymouth Rocks,Turkens, Orpingtons, NH"s and RIR's lay like troupers during a cold winter. That being said, many breeds that I have are white egg layers....these gals will lay right through the winter too. Green and blue egg-layers and chocolate egg layers are a little slower in laying but they do catch up. I feed a varied diet to all my birds plus a few restricted treats ( some scratch,BOSS and kitchen scraps). Fresh ,clean water and nice dry litter for them to scratch in.Towall
  4. towall

    towall In the Brooder

    Dec 12, 2009
    I forgot to add my RSL and BSL layers can't be beat!!
  5. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Songster

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    I have been told by others here on BYC that my breeds should lay well in winter. I currently have Easter Eggers, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks and Black Sex Linked hens. Additional light can also help keep most hens laying better in winter if # of hours is 14+.
  6. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Songster

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I'd imagine that one of the modern hybrids would be the best winter layers, just because they're also the best overall layers. If a bird is going to lay an average of 320 eggs in it's first year, it's obviously going to have to keep on laying right through the winter to achieve that number. My neighbour's four ISA Browns kept on laying just about every day right through the winter last year...
  7. jettgirl24

    jettgirl24 Songster

    Feb 21, 2010
    Duvall, WA
    We probably aren't quite as cold as you here in the PNW, but we do have very short days in the winter... As in 8 straight months where the sun doesn't make an appearance... LOL. My BO is by far my best layer. Starting from day one she has laid every day, taking a day off only every two weeks or so. This hasn't changed as the days have gotten shorter. My BR is pretty good too. She usually takes a day off every week and a half or so but that has turned into once or twice a week as the sun has gone away.
  8. redfeather

    redfeather Songster

    Oct 28, 2010
    After the fall molt, my Buff Orpingtons have always laid hard through the winter. We just need to be sure to provide them with supplimental lighting... But Seattle doesn't really get that cold. Maybe down to 15 F for a few nights, but that's it.

    Buff Orps are known for being pretty cold hardy - they've got very loose, fluffy feathers!
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My LF brahmas are excellent winter layers, without additional light.
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I find any layer breed will generally lay though their first winter of laying without issue. They take more breaks as they age.

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