Winter Laying Breeds

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Brahma Chicken5000, Jul 11, 2019 at 9:37 AM.

  1. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    I have heard that Faverolles are good winter layers. Are there any other breeds that are particularly productive during the winter when most breeds take a break from laying? It would be nice to have a flock of chickens that would be productive year round.
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    First year layers of most of the common laying breeds lay right through winter. Beyond that, breeds such as orloffs are known for winter production.
     
  3. Essentiallyokanaganmom

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    Internet has told me cochins will lay through the winter...not the best layers ever but I'm looking forward to having a few eggs a week in the winter rather than none!
     
  4. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    Leghorns. 3/3 lay consistently through winter for the last 3 years.
     
  5. BantyChooks

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    My Leghorns are the best at consistent winter production.
     
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  7. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    Yes Leghorns are hands down the best egg laying chicken breed. Have you guys had experience with Leghorn varieties besides the Whites? Do Brown & Exchequer Leghorns lay just as well?
     
  8. BantyChooks

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    I haven't tried either of those.
     
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    I've heard Dorkings, too
     
  10. BantyChooks

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    Chanteclers are decent, but after a year or two they slow during the cold as well. Actually, my first Chanties didn't start laying until it went below zero. I joked that they were finally in their element. My Ameraucanas completely quit; I would not class them as winter layers in the slightest.

    It also depends on what you mean by "winter". Consistent highs below zero Fahrenheit will shut down every bird but the Leghorns here, and even they will slow to an egg every other day. Maybe first year sexlinks would keep up too. Maybe.
     

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