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What breeds are the best winter laying chickens?

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

  1. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I may sound like a broken record on this but my sex links--Black and Red Stars never missed a day due to cold weather. EE's and BR's have been good for me but the BS and RS have been the best.
     
  2. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a few Partridge but the original color is white. I have heard a few people are trying to breed for pure black.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Black Sex links. laying machines.

    ETA: My FBCMarans are really good layers too.
     
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  4. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many of you are breeding your own replacements on the Sex Links or do you buy them whenever you need replacements?
     
  5. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sex links do not breed true. Generally they are purchased because someone wants to be sure their chicks are all pullets and then replaced with new purchases. Most sex link males are used for meaties or euthanized shortly after hatch. Buy sex links in straight run would kind of defeat the reason for having them in the first place.
     
  6. Moxiechick

    Moxiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We took Moxie in to the vet today, for her annual check up, and somehow we got talking about chickens. Evidently, our vet has chickens too. When I told him what breeds we had, he mentioned that black Australorps are known as being good winter layers.
     
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  7. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is one thing I had learned in my short time in chickens. I had planned on getting a RIR male and then females of Barred Rocks for the BSL, and a Delaware female for the RSL. I just wondered how many others did it that way or buy them each time. I love my BSL. I am still planning my flock and trying to make sure I have good winter layers as part of my plan.


    Quote:Sex links do not breed true. Generally they are purchased because someone wants to be sure their chicks are all pullets and then replaced with new purchases. Most sex link males are used for meaties or euthanized shortly after hatch. Buy sex links in straight run would kind of defeat the reason for having them in the first place.
     
  8. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they have to have light in the winter in order to lay? Like during the night?
     
  9. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    I can only vouch for the australorp, dominique, and rock.
     
  10. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    My EE's and RIR were the strongest all winter, but I keep a heater in my coop all winter and cover the run in plastic. It stayed pretty warm in there all year round.
     
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