Which breeds are the best egg layers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by XL506, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. XL506

    XL506 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2008
    Just curious to what you think are the best breeds for egg laying?
  2. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
    Do you want white eggs or brown eggs?

    White Eggs = Leghorns
    Brown Eggs = Sex Link chickens, Rhode Island Reds

    I am sure that others will add more.
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    If you are only interested in egg production, then the white leghorn is the way to go.

    I have four leghorns that I rescued from a battery farm 5 years ago and they are still laying machines!
  4. rodandbrandy

    rodandbrandy Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2008
    My best brown egg layers are my RIR and my NH reds the buff orps are good too but they love to sit on their eggs![​IMG]
  5. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    White leghorns, by far. My 16wk white leghorn started laying last week, and we've had 9 eggs in 9 days from her. Plus she's as sweet and friendly as she can be, but that might not be important to you.

    I have 5 two week old RIR's, and I can't wait til they start laying so I can compare.
  6. FarmerChick

    FarmerChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    North Carolina
    I have sex links which are wonderful layers and I love Golden Comets. Great brown eggs from these birds. Nice chickens also.

    I tried Buffs. Did not like them for the farm, but a beautiful bird definitely.

    I tried leghorns but customers wanted only brown eggs, go figure? LOL
  7. Charlene

    Charlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2008
    Why do you guys say RIR and leghorns?

    My barred rocks lay every day but they have only started laying in the last month. Will they peeter out earlier? They are certainly regular now.
  8. ponderchick

    ponderchick Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 11, 2008
    east texas
    some of my production reds just started laying, and they lay good ol' big brown eggs, but my flock of 10 frizzle bantams, nearly lay on cue, and laythe biggest of any banty eggs i've seen! and they are one year old.
  9. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    I say leghorns because I've only got one pullet laying right now, and she's a champ. Last time I had chooks, I had so many laying all at once that I couldn't tell who laid how many. I could, however, tell my leghorn eggs apart from the rest, and they laid more per bird. I never had a barred rock that lived to lay an egg (my one was killed by a dog), so I don't have that experience. I have 2 in the henhouse right now, tho, that haven't laid an egg yet because they're only 17 weeks old.

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