Egg layer chicken breeds are unique. You wouldn’t think that would be the case. After all, don’t all chickens lay eggs? Well, you’re right on that note, but if you are looking for a chicken breed that gives you a lot of eggs it’s important to know which breeds lay the most.
Egg layer chicken breeds lay a minimum of 150 eggs a year!
There are SO many breeds out there guys! Those no way we can cover them all in this article, so we are going to have several articles on specific chicken breeds. As we stated in our previous article there are four main categories chicken breeds fall into. Meat birds, egg layers, dual-purpose birds and ornamental chickens. We’ve already covered meat chicken breeds and today we will cover egg layers chicken breeds.
Be looking for two more articles focusing on the dual purpose and the ornamental birds. Pace yourself as you learn about all these breeds. It can be overwhelming. But the exciting part is there are never too many great chickens to choose from!
ONLY EGG LAYERS ~ Chickens used for the purpose of providing eggs
Ancona: A large or bantam breed with a single or rose type comb. They are cold and heat hardy birds. Laying a medium to large size brown egg, they lay close to 300 eggs a year. Their eggs have exceptional value. Ancona’s do not go broody. They are flighty birds originating from Italy.
Campine: These birds come in large and bantam sizes. They have a single type comb and are cold hardy birds. They lay a medium to large white size egg, laying around 150-200 eggs per year. These chickens do not go broody. They are docile and from Belgium.
Empordanesa: A Large chicken with a carnation type comb that is heat tolerant. They lay a large or extra large chocolate eggs around 150-200 days out of the year. Not a broody bird, they are flighty originating from Spain.
Fayoumi: This chicken comes in a large breed with a single comb. Fayoumi breeds are heat tolerate and lay a small light brown size egg. Laying close to 300 eggs a year they only go broody late in life. They are flighty birds in nature and originate in Egypt.
Hedemora: A large bird with a single type comb that is cold hardy. They lay a medium chocolate egg about 150-200 days out of the year. They sometimes go broody and are docile in nature. They come from Sweden.
White Leghorn: A small bird with a single comb type that tolerates heat well. They lay a large white colored egg close to 300 days out of the year. They do not go broody, are flighty and originate from Italy.
Norwegian Jaerhon: This chicken comes in large and bantam sizes. With a single type comb, they are cold hardy and heat tolerant birds. Laying a large white egg 300 days of the year, their eggs are of exceptional value. Not a broody bird, they are flighty originating from Norway
That wasn’t so bad, was it? There are more egg layer chicken breeds out there than meat chicken breeds. But if you think this list is something, just wait for our next article. The dual-purpose chicken breed list is extensive and lengthy. Prepare yourself as you’ll have much more to choose from in our next post!
~Until Next Time,
Question: Which egg layer chicken breed is your favorite?
Source: The Chicken Encyclopedia by Gail Damerow; pgs 304-311 Copyright 2012