What is the best egg layer out of these?

ForCluckSake

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Right, so there's a farm near me, which sells all of the following breeds:
  • Lemon Cuckoo Orpington
  • Gold Laced Orpington
  • Buff Laced Wyandotte Bantams
  • Derbyshire Red Caps
  • Marsh Daisy
  • Norfolk Grey
  • Silver Laced Wyandotte
  • Gold Laced Wyandotte
  • Warrens
  • Rhode Island Reds
  • Sussex

They are sold as;
  • Live Hatching Eggs
  • Day Old Chicks
  • Point of Lay Pullets

I was wondering which breeds are:
  1. The best chickens for egg laying (eggs per year&egg size)
  2. Best hens for being broody/best mother hens
  3. Most child friendly
  4. Best overall breed
All help welcome,
Thank you!
 

barkinghills

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Almost all of those are very fancy color breeds, so they may not turn out to be best laying individuals. Of those I would pick Rhode Island Reds as layers, and Sussex as good for being broody mothers. At my house both of those breeds are gentle around children. A good broody is sort of the opposite of a great layer, since they quit laying for weeks at a time when they go broody. Wyandottes might be a good compromise, but I would definitely ask the farm about laying of their particular hens since many of those breeds are being bred for fancy coloring.

Good luck! Sounds like fun.
 

donrae

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I'm in the U.S. so not familiar with all your breeds but I think the Warrensburg are sex link hybrids? If so, they'll be your better layers.
 

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