Which one will give me more eggs??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by J. Jamison, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. J. Jamison

    J. Jamison In the Brooder

    Jun 2, 2008
    NE Arkansas
    I have black australorps and one black star right now. The australorps lay pretty good but not consistant. My black star lays a big egg every day. I just bought 15 RIR pullets at a local farm store that come from estes hatchery the other day. They are getting another order in on the 19th that will have some red stars in it. I am going to buy about 15 of them when they get in. I know they all lay really good, but out of the RIR, black star, and red star, which breed will give me the most eggs, or will there not be enough difference to tell?
  2. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    A. RIR
    B. black star
    C. red star
    D. not be enough difference to tell.

    Tough question but I'm going with choice D

    D. not be enough difference to tell.
  3. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    My RIRs are great layers, but I think the sex-links are specifically bred to be very high production.
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I can't say about the BA's (never had any)
    But I've had the other 3 breeds, and I'd have to go with not enough difference to tell.
  5. We have two red sex-links and several black stars and over 25 RIR hens. They all are good layers but at our farm it seems that the RIRs are a constant layer more so than the others. However, the black stars eggs for whatever reason are way bigger than the others. Hope this helps.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Hatchery RIR's (production reds) and sexlinks of any kind are all bred to be high egg producers that are efficient at brown eggs. More than likely, the australop is of production lines for efficient chick egg making so to be cost effective, will also be good layers.

    So I'd say tie on the first 3 and australops in close running. The strain they are from also makes a big difference as different strains will have different production abilities. Leghorns from source/breeder group A might be way better than leghorns from source/breeder group B. In a small sample size, I doubt you'll be able to see a difference, an one broody can off set your stats a lot.

    I say get what you like the best!

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