Many people don’t realize that the breeds of chickens you raise will make a difference in the amount of eggs you get each day. Believe it or not, some breeds don’t even lay eggs, such as the Japanese Bantams or Cornish Cross.
That’s why it’s important to understand each chicken breed that you add to your flock to be sure it fits your needs. Your hen might go broody and stop producing eggs for several weeks.
Remember, it’s natural for your hens to slow down production in the fall and winter. We opt not to use supplemental light because my husband and I respect the natural life cycle of our chickens.
Their bodies are supposed to slow down their production at this time; everyone needs a rest at some point. Chickens that are well-fed and cared for can live for years, much longer than most people realize.
That doesn’t mean that their production stays high for their entire life; it gradually decreases. 20 grams of protein to lay one egg, along with calcium, vitamin D, fat, phosphorous.
You want to make sure the chickens you raise will provide enough eggs for your family. Picking the best egg- laying breeds is essential if you want to sell eggs as an income source for your homestead.
Leghorns are incredible layers and are capable of laying up to 6 large white eggs per week. However, once they’re reached the 2-3 year mark, the amount of eggs will drastically reduce.
White leghorns are better as a coop bird or penned; they aren’t ideal free ranging chickens. As for their personality, white leghorns are considered flighty and nervous birds.
The hens typically weigh around 5lbs each and begin to lay eggs around 16 to 17 weeks old. In ideal situations, your golden comet chickens would be able to free-range; that’s their preference.
They also do well with other breeds, so they make a nice addition to an established flock. Another reason you might want to raise golden comet chickens is that they make great pets.
These aren’t broody birds, and they are known for being quiet, gentle, and friendly. You can expect these hens to start laying eggs around 15 weeks old and weigh between 5-7lbs.
Rhode Island Reds tend to be the boss of the flock, and they can be rough with other breeds unless they have ample space. You can expect the chickens to weigh around 6.5 pounds, and they start laying between 18-24 weeks old.
Downsides to raising this breed are that the adult hens typically only weigh 4.5 pounds, and they won’t start laying eggs until 25 to 30 weeks old. I love that they are nicely sized birds and don’t slow down much in the winter months.
Golden Laced Wyandotte are considered calm, gentle birds with docile personalities. You can expect Golden Laced Wyandotte to lie around 200 eggs per year, starting around 18-20 weeks old.
They don’t like to be confined in small spaces; they tend to get aggressive with their fellow flock members if stuck together. Barred Plymouth Rocks are great at foraging, and they integrate well into flocks.
Barred Rocks typically lie around 280 eggs per year, varying from peach to light brown. Hens weigh around 6.5 pounds, and they start to lay eggs around 18-20 weeks.
They’re big birds that adapt to different climates well, and they work great as pets because they don’t mind being handled (in most circumstances). Hens tend to weigh around 6-8lbs and begin to produce eggs between 19-24 weeks old.
Animal Farm Speckled Sussex tend to be a forgotten choice for those looking for good egg laying chickens, but this dual-purpose bird really does it all while looking gorgeous. Speckled Sussex can lay between 250-300 eggs per year, making them one of the most productive chicken breeds available.
They might not be recognized by some poultry associations, but that doesn’t stop homesteaders from loving these breeds. While most people raise black sex links for eggs, they do put on the weight, typically weighing between 6-8lbs at adult age, so they can be a dual-purpose bird.
These are active birds known for being hardy and capable of handling cold weather. Their personalities will depend on; most say that they are friendly birds, but some have experienced aggressive behaviors.
Overall, if you don’t mind a hybrid chicken, black sex links are a fantastic choice. From the breeds listed above, Rhode Island Red, Australians, Golden Comets, Speckled Sussex, Opinions, and Wyandotte lay brown eggs.
Barnevelder Delaware Faverolles New Hampshire Reds Brahma Dominique Not only do they help produce food for your family, but they bring life and laughter to your homestead.
Many people raise backyard chickens to get fresh eggs. But one thing most beginners don’t realize is that each breed lays a different amount of eggs per year.
ISA Browns are great layers but will typically stop laying eggs after two years. Yet, when new chickens are introduced, ISA Browns can be extremely territorial and bossy.
Yet, in rare cases, they’ll live to be 5 to 8 years old. Just like with all chicken breeds, how long they’ll live depends on how well you take care of them.
This breed is a great pet because it’s docile, friendly, easily handled, and good with children. Golden Comets are usually a reddish-brown color with white tail feathers.
Hybrids have been bred to lay a lot of eggs while only eating small amounts of food. They also typically lay eggs' year round.
They’re very friendly towards people, usually like being held, and are great with young children. These chickens are naturally curious, so you’ll have to check up on them regularly to make sure they’re not putting themselves in any danger.
They are one of the most popular backyard chicken breeds because they’re hardy, low maintenance, and lay lots of eggs. And although they will tolerate being copped up, they love to roam around and forage.
But they have been reported to live 10 to 14 years under optimal conditions. Leghorns come in 12 color varieties, but the white chickens usually lay the most eggs.
They are consistent egg layers but not good for meat production. Although they like roaming around and roosting in trees, they’re perfectly content in a chicken run.
Although the Leghorn is a great pick for a beginner chicken keeper, they are known for being shy, hard to tame, and pretty noisy. Their comb is large that you have to make sure they don’t get frostbite in cold weather.
The most common color is a pure white body with a black neck and tail feathers. Like the Rhode Island Red, the Sussex is a dual-purpose chicken.
They have very soft black, white or blue feathers. The most common Australians are black with an iridescent green tinge.
This is an active breed, but they tend to be extremely calm, tame, and quiet. Yet, they will tolerate small-spaces or chicken runs, so they’re great if you live in an urban area.
Australians are a very gentle, docile breed that loves socializing with people. They’re known as one of the friendliest chicken breeds and are great with children.
Americana hens lay blue eggs in various shades. Americans come in 8 different varieties (Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten, White).
They make great pets because they’re docile, friendly, and so much fun to have around. However, it’s important to note that this breed’s character can vary widely.
Most are curious, gentle, and tolerate both chicken runs and a free-ranging environment. The Plymouth Rock is usually gray with white stripes wrapping around their body.
They are very friendly, calm, easily tamed, and great with children. The Plymouth Rock is a great choice for beginner chicken keepers.
The Anyone is an energetic and hardy chicken that looks very similar to the Plymouth Rock. Anyone owners often have their feathers clipped since they’ll fly out of their pens and roost in trees.
Anaconda’s have nervous personalities, so they don’t make great pets. The Buff Arlington is a large chicken and usually has a thick layer of golden-yellow feathers.
They are very calm, low maintenance, and great in a garden. They’re perfect chickens if you live in a town or city because they’re very quiet and tolerate small spaces very well.
They tend to be lazy chickens with a tendency of being overweight if they are not fed a proper diet. The Barnevelder hens are dual-purpose chickens that have dark brown feathers with a double lacing* of black and an iridescent green tinge.
*Double lacing means two narrow, parallel lines of contrasting color found around the edge of a feather. The Barnevelder is a docile, friendly, and laid-back chicken breed.
Lifespan: Average is 8 to 10 years, but some have been reported to live as old as 20. They’re known for their rich dark brown colored eggs.
This breed is very friendly, quiet, docile, not aggressive, and low maintenance. Yet they aren’t very tame and don’t make good pets.
Hamburgs are active chickens who love to explore and forage. Although they don’t tend to interact much with people, they love to play with other chickens.