What chicken breed lays the biggest egg?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by godisgood, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. godisgood

    godisgood In the Brooder

    Dec 3, 2011
    What chicken breed lays the largest size eggs like the jumbo ones?

  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    My understanding is the Jersey Giant lays the biggest egg. If I'm wrong,....... [​IMG]
  3. JenniferNgo

    JenniferNgo In the Brooder

    Aug 16, 2011
    Found this. Maybe of some help? It gives references so a good place to start:

    Top Five Chicken Breeds That Produce the Largest Eggs :

    According to Henderson's Chicken Breed Chart, there are at least a dozen chicken breeds that produce large eggs. The chart lumps together large, extra large and jumbo into its "large" classification. There is also variation among hens of a breed, depending on their health and age. The older and healthier a hen is, the larger her eggs usually are. Egg sizes are jumbo, extra large, large, medium, small and tiny. Extra large, large and medium are the most common sizes available. Since one person's "jumbo" can be another person's "large," sizes are classified by the net weight in grams or ounces of a dozen eggs. Across the United States, the average weight of a single large egg is 5 grams (2.1 ounces). Whereas it takes 5 large eggs to make a cup, it only takes 4 jumbo or extra large eggs.

    It is generally agreed among producers that the following five breeds are the best for producing the largest eggs.

    Barnevelder - Developed in Holland in the late 1800s, the Barnevelder is famous for its very dark brown, jumbo-sized eggs. This is a dual-purpose meat/layer breed, and the chicks are slow to mature.

    Red Star Sexlink - The Murray McMurray Hatchery and other hatcheries market a number of sexlink chicken varieties. Although the McMurray website describes the brown eggs as large, according to several producer testimonials, the Red Star Sexlink can produce extra large to jumbo eggs.

    Rhode Island Red - Developed in New England in the 1800s, the Rhode Island Red gets the vote across the board for consistently laying large to extra large brown eggs. It is a hardy breed and adapts well to confinement or free range.

    Commercial Leghorn - The leghorn is one of the most popular breeds in the world. As a historic breed it is a good egg producer. But the specially bred commercial varieties now available are egg "factories." They are hardy and they mature earlier than most breeds. Their white eggs are large to extra large, and they are thrifty in converting feed to egg production.

    Delaware - This rare breed was developed in Delaware in 1940. It is hardy, calm and matures early. The hens lay large to extra large brown eggs.

    There are several qualified runners up in the "biggest egg" debate. The Plymouth Rock, Andalusian, Chantecler, Minorca, New Hampshire, Welsummer, and Wyandotte are all listed by Henderson's Chicken Breed Chart as producing large eggs. Some producers report their Turkens (also called Naked Necks) lay the largest eggs of any of their chickens.

    References: Henderson's Chicken Breed Chart; Blogs and testimonials by chicken hobbyists; Murray McMurray Hatchery website; Ideal Poultry website; Learn More About Eggs website.
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  4. jessicayarno

    jessicayarno Songster

    Oct 6, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    My red sexlinks lay Jumbo eggs, and they don't even fit in the extra large egg cartons..
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    If you want jumbo eggs, get ducks. Their eggs won't fit into a carton made for chicken eggs. Good laying breeds of ducks will lay more eggs than a chicken does.
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  6. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Songster

    Sep 26, 2010
    South Georgia
    Quote:I agree. My ducks lay an egg every single day almost without fail. You really cant tell a difference in the taste either. The duck eggs are really good for baking!!!
  7. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    How about the Braggs Mountain Buff? They're advertised for the ability to lay jumbo eggs.
    Best, Karen

  8. birdpond

    birdpond In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2012
    Atlanta area
    Which duck breeds are best? Are there quiet breeds? I had to give up a pet mallard once because he cried for me all day while I was at work and the neighbors complained.

    :- (
  9. comp6512

    comp6512 Songster

    Dec 3, 2008
    I had Cayuga ducks and they are relatively quiet. But when they quack, you can still hear, just like any duck.

    they also laid a huge egg, kind of bluish in color.
  10. zoomzoom

    zoomzoom In the Brooder

    Dec 3, 2012
    Eastern, TN
    We have a couple of acres of land and we are buiding our retirement house. I am starting to put nutrients in the garden area for next spring, (we live in E Tennessee) and I want some chickens or ducks for fresh eggs AND to help keep garden pests at bay. I have been told that Guinee hens won't eat the veggies, but their eggs are very small, I was also told that some ducks do great eating garden pests. and won't eat all my veggies. If I go with a few ducks, will we have to have a pond for them? We are putting in an ornamental waterfall and ponds. but really don't want ducks with their poop all over the front area. What do you suggest. Thank you! Am happy my hubby was born on a farm, as I'm a city girl loving living on my little piece of heaven!

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