The Lowdown on Layers: Top 5 Laying Chicken Breeds and 12 Tips
Whether you're just getting started or have been raising chickens for awhile, chances are you spend a fair amount of time thinking about the end product...those delicious and nutritious eggs!
Manna Pro spends a lot of time thinking about laying hens and we've put together a great new guide to help you get the most out of your flock. Download our 12 Tips for Keeping Your Layers in Top Condition to learn how to keep your hens healthy and producing.
One of the most common questions on forums and in webinars and on our "Ask the Chicken Whisperer" page is, "What are the best laying breeds?" While there's no absolute answer to this question, we've done some comparisons of the expert opinions and owner comments and here are the names that seem to be at the top of everyone's list:
Top 5 (more or less) Breeds for Egg Laying
- Leghorn. No surprise, the breed used most commercially because of its proficiency at laying is in fact the best layer. Keep in mind, however, that if you want a colorful egg basket, you won't want a flock full of only Leghorns, as their eggs are white.
- Rhode Island Red. A great choice because they are not only great egglayers, but the males are big enough to eat as meat (helpful if you incubate and hatch, as you can raise the females as layers and the males as meat birds)
- Orpington. Also dual-purpose, known for laying abundant amounts of brown eggs.
- Australorp. Excellent egg layers producing beautiful light brown eggs.
- It's a tie for 5th. Honorable mentions go to these egg-laying breeds: Ameraucana, Delaware, Sussex, and Wayandottes.
For information including egg production, egg color, temperament and more for 30 top breeds, be sure to download Manna Pro's Chicken Chart, a helpful and easy-to-use guide for selecting the right breeds for your flock. Another resource we love is mypetchicken.com's Breed Selector Tool. You answer 6 easy questions about what's important to you, and it spits out a list of breeds to match your criteria. Click on individual breeds from your list to see a complete profile and learn more.