What is the best chicken for large eggs?????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Littleducky, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Littleducky

    Littleducky Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 9, 2008
    La Center, Wa
    I just have a hen and a rooster at the moment. I am wanting to add to my flock (well make it a flock). What is the best type of hen to get large eggs? My cousin has some Welsummers and those seem to be nice eggs. I am getting the eggs for my grandma or I would go for cute chickens she likes them big. I would prefer to get some eggs with color it brings a little more flare than just the white ones. Any suggestions????
  2. linben

    linben Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2010
    Austin, TX
    I would look at the breed list and look for some that you like. It is hard to name one because there are many breeds that lay large brown eggs productively. Maybe try a couple of different breeds and see what you like. I like my Java and my Speckled Sussex but don't have a lot of experience.
  3. feathers4fun

    feathers4fun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2010
    Quote:Generally the heavier brown egg layers lay a larger egg. RIR, Rocks, Orps etc. I have a few young Welsummers and am impressed with their egg size as well!
  4. S*T*A*R

    S*T*A*R Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 3, 2010
    I would say Buff Orpingtons. I've heard that their eggs are huge! I have one, and she's just now started laying, so her eggs are very big yet. [​IMG] Good luck!
  5. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2008
    I have buff orpingtons, EEs, barred rocks, and I used to have Rhode Island Reds.

    But -- by far -- the best egg producers I have ever had are the two Production Reds that I bought from an organic dairy farmer/egg producer out in rural West Tennessee.

    These eggs have a strong, chocolate brown shell, and even though the two birds are only about eight months old right now, their eggs are already bigger than any and all other hens I have. My buff orpingtons, barred rocks, and EEs are a year and a half old -- which means they are producing bigger eggs now than ever -- and yet these little Production Reds eggs are both larger AND higher quality than the best of my other hens.

    And the best thing of all -- the little Production Reds are the friendliest little hens you'd ever meet. They are just little darlings, and adapt well to confinement.

    I'm thinking in the future I'm only going to get just two kinds of hens -- Production Reds and blue egg laying Ameraucanas or EE hens.
  6. HBuehler

    HBuehler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2009
    Lebanon TN
    Your production breeds we have them here just for egg laying so my customers get eggs while my breeding birds are busy.I need big and often. I weigh every egg and these are always XL to Jumbo
    Production Red
    Sex Link
    White leghorn
    Easter Eggers we get many XL but these do vary in size and not every hen is a daily layer but a good color option
    Heritage Delaware
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Largest eggs I've gotten.

    Marans, both GC and FBC.. most are HUGE


    Rhode Island Reds.
  8. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    In comparison to their (slight) weight, my Warrens (Hybrid RIR X Light Sussex) lay the largest eggs in my flock.
  9. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2009
    Goshen, OH
    My pullet Red Stars are laying way bigger than my older Astralorp. I hear Light Sussex lay GIANT eggs. I went to get some eggs for hatching off Ebay but got out bid! I ended up winning Wheaten Penedesenca and Light Brahma, which I think I'll be happy with as far as eggs go, if they hatch, and if they're girls. LOL
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop

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