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Old 04-11-2012, 02:55 PM
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For you chicken farmers out there that have experience in this matter, what you do feel is the best egg laying chicken?

Types of chickens I have:

Barred rock
Rhode island red
Australorp
Black jersey giants
Wyandotte

After doing some reading, it seems that some people say the Rhode Island Red is the top egg producer, while others say the Australorp is the best egg laying chicken. Other people say the Barred rock is the best all around chicken.

I live in southeast Texas, and it does not get "that" cold around here. If the temps get into the 20s, we are getting a hard freeze.

In contrast to the winters, we have hot summers. Sometimes the nighttime temps do not get out the lower 90s.

For those of you that have experience with chickens, what kind do you have and what does your egg production look like?
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is a duck. duck eggs weigh more than most chicken eggs and their egg laying cycle is shorter so a duck can lay more eggs in a year than chickens. India runners and campbell ducks (from pekin/runner crosses years back) are the best layers. other breeds of duck can match chickens or better. (given ideal conditions for all) Of course some people would miss the white meat a chicken can give you...
Kev if you feel this is off topic feel free to delte it. my purpose was to offer another alternative to since it is about egg producing breeds
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I find females (hens) are better.


I agree with ducks produce more eggs but they don't produce year round like a chicken. Duck eggs are also really rich so you won't eat near as many.
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I find that the pure breeds like those you have listed, have lost a lot of their egg laying ability over the years due to much poor breeding by owners that think a hen, is a hen, is a hen.
If you want egg numbers then hybrid hens are the way to go, not to confuse these with crossbred hens.
I personally have tried many combinations and I'm back where you are, with a pure breed, and I'm carfully trying to get egg numbers up. My reason for this is that my Black Australorps lay a much more nutrient rich/dense egg, certainly not as many eggs as the hybrids, but a much better egg as regards being healthy to eat.
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Having raised chickens and ducks for many years now, I'll give my .02

Ducks are OK and some breeds (Khaki Campbell specifically) can outlay most chickens. Duck eggs do have a different taste & texture though, not better or worse really, just different.

However, ducks are EXTREMELY messy animals and can be a real hassle to care for sometimes, especially if you also have chickens. Ducks love wet environments, chickens do not. Ducks will play and splash in any water they can find, which tends to make a real mess out of your chicken waterers and coop if you give them access. Dragging their wet bodies into your nesting boxes to lay doesn't help things either. They also prefer to sleep outside, rather than in a coop, which makes them vulnerable to predators.

Rhode Island Reds are regarded as the most prolific brown egg layer, White Leghorns if you prefer white eggs. Barred Rocks are probably a close second. I prefer the BR's because they're typically pretty docile, RIR roosters can be downright mean sometimes. BR's are also better cold-weather layers in my opinion, and if they go broody, make better mothers than RIR's. I've never had a Rhode Island Red that successfully hatched & raised a clutch of eggs.
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I have Barred Rocks, RIRs, Black Sex Links, and a couple of barn yard "Mutts", my Rooster is a RIR and my "mutts" are whatever hatched out. I have 10 hens and routinely get 8-10 eggs every day.

Kev, what you have will lay quite well once they reach 22-24 weeks.
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Everyone has their own ideal.

I have been having a hard time getting them to replicate themselves.
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I find females (hens) are better.


I agree with ducks produce more eggs but they don't produce year round like a chicken. Duck eggs are also really rich so you won't eat near as many.
My Khaki Campbell ducks produce year round and usually lay EVERY day. Top egg producer among chickens and ducks....
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I agree with ducks produce more eggs but they don't produce year round like a chicken. Duck eggs are also really rich so you won't eat near as many.
????????? is this statement just from your own experience????????????
indeed my ducks did produce all year long, and ducks are well documented to lay reliably year round. just as with chickens you have to make sure they get enough light, the right feed, and manage moults. laying bred ducks do not get broody any more than laying bred chickens.
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mortimer, i learned the difficulties of keeping ducks and chickens together that way too.
i chucked the chickens after a while as being too messy and too hard to deal with parasites and all the other problems. ducks to me were very easy to manage, but you must have a setup for them to be kept by themselves. best wishes
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I have Barred Rocks. they were only old enough to start laying in December of last year. That said, thoughout the winter, our 8 hens gave us 6 to 11 eggs a day all winter.
I know that sounds rediculous, and it doesnt make sense to me, but it's true. we would collect eggs every morning when we let them out of the coop and every evening when we locked them in the coop for the night, and there were several times we had 10 or 11 eggs....from 8 hens

now since then we have lost one hen, but with the 7 we have left, we still get 6 eggs a day or more
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I first had egg layers in the 80s and after my own experience and that of friends (both real and virtual) I'd go with Barred Rocks.
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The white leghorn,they are more skitish but lay like crazy.
The ultimate egg machine.
http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenders...s.html#leghorn
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+1 on the leghorns. much of the chicken we buy at the store is leghorn crossbreed (exact genetics are secret!).
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Yes I raised ducks and when it got cold they stopped laying. Then again I kept them on a pond and not in a pen so that might have very well been my problem. Every year about egg time I would put them in a pen and they would nest everywhere in the pen but the nice boxes we built. Once sitting you could move the hen and her eggs to a nest box and she would hatch them out fine.


Living on a farm I don't raise my chickens in a pen either but they still lay year round.
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Buff Orpingtons are nice heavy birds good for eggs and meat. They will lay eggs in the winter.
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I have RIR and white Leghorns.
I prefer the reds because they lay almost an egg a day and are big enough for meat birds also.
But my leghorns RARELY miss a day.
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Types of chickens I have:

Barred rock
Rhode island red
Australorp
Black jersey giants
Wyandotte
I settled on the Autralorps, Kevin. They take the summer heat in stride. They originated (were developed) in Australia.

http://www.australorps.com/1.html

They lay large brown eggs and I'm very pleased with their laying abilities.

I'm not sure if you bought pullets, or if you have a rooster, but I do suggest picking one breed and running with it.

At one time I had Production Reds (I rate these low), Australorps (rate highly) and banties (also rated highly). Within a year I had the strangest looking chickens that you could imagine that lost all of the good traits of layers and meat birds. Mongrels; pure and simple.

Banties are excellent at hatching and mothering chicks to a very high rate of survival. The eggs are small, but their diet is also small in comparison to larger birds and they can free range fantastically.

Whatever breed you choose I think that you'll be far more pleased in having a true breed versus going all mongrel.

If you do go with Australorps and want to trade genetics on down the road I can put hens or roosters in a pet carrier and meet you half way to trade stock. If you do buy an incubator I can mail you fertile eggs. My current stock came from Ideal a few years ago.

http://www.ideal-poultry.com/
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I have Dutch Welsummers and Rhoad Island Whites

The Welsummers are very consistant and give large light brown speckled eggs and Large Yokes, They are Not Friendly as a Rule.

Road Island Whites are consistant layers also, with large to medium eggs , lite tan,skin colored eggs. They are very Friendly and some show the capacity to learn thru repeated training.
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Our Buff Orphs and Wyandottes produce best. But our yummy rich Black Maran eggs are, well, yummy and rich!
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