Best Brown Egg-Layers (chicken)

Discussion in 'Other Animals For Sale' started by kids-n-peeps, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

    477
    Aug 24, 2009
    Virginia
    Based on personal experience, what breeds of chickens have you found to be the best brown egg layers (most prolific).

    The only other requirement would be that it gets along with other chickens well (not known for feather-picking, cannibalistic behavior, etc.)

    Thanks!
     
  2. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    I don't have chickens but my mom always swore by the Rhode Island Reds...heavy birds and nice big brown eggs, even in winter( I hated gathering frozen eggs!)
     

  3. cdtrum

    cdtrum New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    I would agree with Liz, but also my black australorps are great layers to.
     
  4. jduwall

    jduwall New Member

    565
    Aug 7, 2009
    totally agree with Liz...I have had several different brown layers and the reds are BY FAR...the best layers....

    cochan's are good broody hens fyi....
     
  5. Robynlynn

    Robynlynn New Member

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    Jan 18, 2011
    NW Iowa
    Some of my best layers ever were Dominiques now I have Delewares and I love them because they can also be eaten. They have nice big heavy bodies sooo when I get too many roosters, one can go in the stew pot. That is I f I can find someone else to butcher it for me....I'm kinda squeamiish that way :wink:
     
  6. Chi Chi

    Chi Chi New Member

    240
    Mar 7, 2010
    We have one rhode island red and golden wyandottes(7). They are young- just got them in June- They are all laying in the frozen tundra (-24 this am and that didn't even factor in the windchill)- They are very sweet- can pick them up and get along very well with even the guinea hens. Even our rooster is a sweetie!
     
  7. milk and honey

    milk and honey Senior Member

    Oct 30, 2010
    Everett, WA
    I have had many different breeds of chickens... RIR's are good layers, as well as Buff Orps.... by my favorite layer and personality was a Black Australorp. She's about the only one I have really missed after she passed. Right now I have a Rhode Is. and a Buff Orp, and I'm going to pick up a couple of Marans next week. Never had them before~
     
  8. milkmaid

    milkmaid I'm not addicted - I'm in love!

    Our Rhode Island reds just recently started to lay. RIRs are said to be the most prolific brown egg layers. They are my favorite even going by just looks!
     
  9. jodief100

    jodief100 New Member

    276
    Jan 15, 2011
    Golden Comets. No question, without a doubt they will lay the most eggs of any brown egg layer.

    Whatever chicken you get, make sure you a good strain.
     
  10. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    GOLDEN COMETS!
    they're Alaskan hardy, over 100% lay rate (we free range) and have huge eggs! we had to duct tape the XXL cartons shut
     
  11. Desert Viking Ranch

    Desert Viking Ranch New Member

    54
    Jan 17, 2011
    Arizona
    You know...all chickens can be eaten :p :wink:



    Rhode Island Reds are extremely popular. We are looking at getting Australorps on our ranch and possibly Delaware's.

    ...now about these Golden Comets... very interesting and thanks AlaskaBoers. I had never heard of them till you mentioned it and had to do some research. I think I might look into getting a few of these myself - at 300+ eggs per year and through the winter that's hard to beat; too bad they are a hybrid but I hear they can lay even at 5 years old so they are definitely worth it.
     
  12. Farmgirl675

    Farmgirl675 New Member

    252
    Oct 21, 2010
    Isa Brown's ...I have had these for years and they consistantly lay xlarge and jumbo brown eggs. Mine average 355 eggs a year! They are a dual purpose (meat and eggs) bird also...They stay at top production for 3 years.
     
  13. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

    477
    Aug 24, 2009
    Virginia
    Those of you with Rhode Island Reds, what are their personalities like . . . do they get along with other chickens well?

    I'll definitely look into the Golden Comets and the ISA Browns - I'll look up pictures online, but if anyone has pictures of his/her own, I'd love to see them!
     
  14. Robynlynn

    Robynlynn New Member

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    Jan 18, 2011
    NW Iowa
    In the winter I add some chicken nutri-drench to the chicken's water. they are all inside right now and don't free range in the winter. (easy fox and coyotte food) :wink: It's helped with my egg production!
     
  15. Chi Chi

    Chi Chi New Member

    240
    Mar 7, 2010
    I have one Rhode Island and she gets along with everyone else. She is great!
     
  16. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

    477
    Aug 24, 2009
    Virginia
    Thanks for the advice - we decided to add a few Rhode Island Red and Barred Rock to the flock. Next time, we'll try some of the sex-links mentioned :thumb:
     
  17. mrs. lam

    mrs. lam New Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    I have blue orps, (my best) whndots, (very good) frizzles (very good) black giant, black astr., (good) and marans. (the worst)

    My blues never stopped laying this year. :) They are beautiful and very friendly.
    My whinnys are nice and have kept up production very well.
    Love my frizzle cochins. If I need any youngin's raised Buffy is my go to hen. She is mean as a snake when anything threatens her chicks. She even took on a oppossum. He tore her up but she never gave up. She'll always have a home. She's a good weeder too!
    The giant and astralopes did fine. They lay nice big eggs.
    Got to say the marans are over priced and suck at laying and hatching. A much better bird is the welsummer. They lay terra cotta colored eggs and have a MUCH better production and hatch rate. They are a nice sized bird as well.
    I hope to find a blue orp rooster this year. (sold ours for $22-$25 at auction each) We sold them because they were related to our hens. We had 5. Not bad for a rooster. We have 7 blue hens not counting my blue frizzle.
    Also hope to get some more blue-red whindots. Beautiful birds. I have 1 hen and 1 rooster right now. They bring good money here but are hard to find so I hope to start raising them.

    Good luck,
    Gina
     
  18. Anna

    Anna New Member

    439
    Oct 16, 2007
    Fayette, AL
    My barred rocks lay really well, and thier eggs are pretty large. I have two and the rest of mine are Buff Orpingtons, by far my favorite chicken... they are such pets! They are very calm and quite- Not so "chicken-y" like the barred rocks. They lay huge light rose colored eggs, and mine actually lay very well even though they are dual purpose. Plus they are just so darn pretty.I've never had a problem with either breed of my girls picking at each other. I really feel like this more in part for only having 7 hens in a large run and coop. They are very content. Management says a lot more for chicken behavior then the breed it seems.Good luck!
     
  19. logansmommy7

    logansmommy7 New Member

    925
    Nov 11, 2009
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    I am glad to hear this about Buffs-I'm adding some to my flock and love friendly, good laying chickens!
     
  20. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

    477
    Aug 24, 2009
    Virginia
    Just wanted to say that I agree about the Welsummers. We used to have them and I really miss them. They laid nice-sized terracotta eggs that often had darker spots on them. They were not my best layers, but definitely decent layers :)