what chickens should I use for egg laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by peacockdude, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. peacockdude

    peacockdude Just Hatched

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    I was planning on getting 4 hens and a roo what breeds do you suggest that lay eggs a lot
     
  2. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are lots.... are you looking for heritage breeds or purebred birds or just any that lay good! Sex-links often lay tons of eggs!
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Many choices - white leghorns and RIRs spring to mind - but thats just the tip of the iceberg! I'd suggest getting a few more girls for your planned rooster - 4 is likely to be too few and could result in over-breeding / feather loss and stress. Check out the breeds section - you can use the parameters there to limit your search to good layers.

    Good luck and enjoy
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  4. peacockdude

    peacockdude Just Hatched

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    Anything good
     
  5. peacockdude

    peacockdude Just Hatched

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    I just want something that lays eggs like a machine
     
  6. AshleyFarm

    AshleyFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Rhode Island Reds (RIR) are good. Idk if you are getting them from a tractor supply but they call them production reds and production whites. I've had both and I was getting 3-4 eggs a day from each
     
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  7. peacockdude

    peacockdude Just Hatched

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    Thanks
     
  8. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if I am reading that wrong or you mistyped, but getting more than one egg a day from a hen is a very rare occurrence. It might happen once in a blue moon that you get a 2nd egg within a 24hr period from a particularly good hen but it will not happen on a regular basis and more than 2 in 24hrs even as a one off, is pretty much a miracle.

    Red sex links and leghorns are the most productive breeds but you need to balance production out over the lifetime of a chicken. Some high production birds will burn themselves out in a couple of years, whereas others will continue to lay eggs for 4-5years or more.
    Production reds and black sex links are also good. I particularly like the latter as they have great personalities and are hardier and seem to live longer. Sadly I don't have any in my flock at the moment.
     
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  9. AshleyFarm

    AshleyFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    It was a mistype 2-3 eggs is what was meant. I don't know how it was done and I fed them normal food. I would get one in the morning, one in the after noon and one at night. The norm was 2 eggs a day though.
     
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