What breeds lay best and earliest?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cherrychicken, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. cherrychicken

    cherrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im thinking about wyandottes and barred rocks. Any suggestions?
     
  2. RHewitt

    RHewitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Most sex link varities lay the best a couple types I have used are black and red star sex links. Rhode Island Reds are great.The two you mentioned are also good layers of brown eggs.
     
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  3. Poorfarmer

    Poorfarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    I have Golden Comets and they stared laying @ 18 wks since I have been getting eggs everyday from them steady even in the cold
     
  4. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

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    Hatchery RIRs are great egg layers.
     
  5. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All I know about Wyandottes is that they are pretty birds.

    At 21 & 22 weeks, my Barred Rocks layed before the Australorps. That surprised me since these BR's are larger birds and the Aussies are good layers. The BR's have been cranking out eggs most days for nearly 3 months now. Their eggs are somewhat smaller generally than the Aussies.

    Barred Rocks were an important commercial breed about 100 years ago. Aussies and RIR's replaced some of those BR flocks. Aussies faded and now we've got a lot of the RIR's and their hybrids as brown egg layers. I believe that's how the history has gone [​IMG].

    The closer you get to the modern commercial strains, probably, the more eggs you will get. All other things being equal that is . . .

    Steve
     
  6. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    Stars and RIRs and Leghorns.
     
  7. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Both my Brabanters and Orloffs Are winter layers! We have a lot of eggs now at temps in the teens-0-!
     
  8. Chef

    Chef Chicken Connoisseur

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    Yes production rir's just lay lay lay.

    Chef
     
  9. Country Guy John

    Country Guy John Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have barred rock and they started laying exactly 20 weeks to the day. They continue to lay well even during the shorter days.
     
  10. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Any of the hybrid's (sex-links) seem to lay the earliest and they seem to lay up a storm! Most of your standards typically lay 2 + weeks later than any of the hybrids.
     

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